BATON ROUGE, La. – A gunman accused of shooting a woman, throwing her out of his car, and then using his vehicle as a weapon to run people over helping the woman, is dead after deputies tracked and confronted him, then engaged him in a gun battle.
Around 5:30 p.m. Sunday, the unidentified man shot a woman and threw her out of his car into the roadway at Essen Lane and United Plaza Boulevard, said Maj. Bryan White, chief of detectives for the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office. The man then drove away.
As sheriff’s deputies were still making their way to the scene, a handful of passers-by — including a local physician and a 17-year-old training to be an emergency medical technician — stopped to help the mortally wounded woman, White said. An East Baton Rouge EMS ambulance crew also arrived to try to save her reported The Advocate.
As citizens helped the woman, the shooter returned, running over two of the by-standers. He then stepped from his vehicle and opened fire on them, wounding one, White said.
The crazed man then crashed into the ambulance as he fled.
The wounded citizens from the shooting and vehicular assault were taken to a local hospital for treatment. The extent of their injuries is unknown, but they are expected to survive. The original victim that was shot, and then pushed from the car was pronounced dead shortly after being transported from the scene.
A few hours later, two deputies located and confronted the suspected gunman about two miles away. White said deputies were able to track down the suspected shooter after identifying him from prior reports from both the Sheriff’s Office and city police.
According to Major White, they located him on United Plaza Boulevard at Essen Lane, as he walked near the Bluebonnet Boulevard exit off Interstate 10 just before 9 p.m.
When the deputies demanded he show his hands, he fired several rounds at them, but did not hit them, White said. Deputies returned fire, wounding the man who then fled into a wooded area off Bluebonnet Boulevard.
Deputies tracked the suspect and took him into custody without further gun battle. He died en route to the hospital.
It was unclear what led up to the original murder of the woman tossed from the vehicle. White also said he didn’t grasp yet what led the gunman to return and attack those trying to save her.
District Attorney Hillar Moore III said the murdered woman, in her 30’s, knew her killer, but declined to discuss the nature of their relationship.
The names were not released until relatives could be notified.
“It’s unfortunate that it turned out this way,” Moore said, “but it was a dangerous situation that the Sheriff’s Office encountered.”