Two arrested in separate Baker shootings

Brittany Shanta Washington
Brittany Shanta Washington

Police arrested two people Monday night in two separate and unrelated shootings, Police Chief Mike Knaps said Tuesday.

The first shooting incident occurred about 10:45 p.m. Friday on Myrtle Street in Baker when a Chevrolet Tahoe was struck at least three times with bullets fired from an oncoming car. No one was injured in the shootings, Knaps said.

Acting on a tip, police arrested Chavis Demond Duncan Jr., 20, 4150 72nd Ave., Apt. 221, Baton Rouge at 7:20 p.m. Monday at his girlfriend’s house on Rue Splendeur in Baker, the police chief said.

Duncan was booked at East Baton Rouge Parish Prison with two counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count each of assault by drive-by shooting, aggravated criminal damage to property and illegal use of a weapon, according to booking records.

Knaps said two people in the Tahoe initially told police they recognized the shooter, who was dating the Tahoe driver’s ex-girlfriend.

Later, the two told police they could not pick the shooter from a photo lineup, but the Tahoe driver, who was not identified, came back to the police station Monday and said he misled investigators because “he wanted to try and take care of the matter himself,” Knaps said.

During the second interview, the Tahoe driver picked Duncan from a different photo lineup, Knaps said.

In the second shooting, Knaps said Brittany S. Washington, 24, went Monday to the residence of Tricia Hayes, 23, at 3403 N. Azalea Ave., Baker, to wish an unidentified man “happy birthday,” but Hayes objected and told Washington to leave.

Knaps said Washington began walking to her residence at 3410 N. Azalea Drive, but Hayes followed, making threats against Washington.

The police chief said Washington got a gun from her car and was waving it around when the weapon discharged. The bullet shattered a bone in Hayes’ lower right leg, Knaps said.

Washington was booked at Parish Prison with aggravated second-degree battery.