Victim of Tuesday fatal shooting identified

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Leonard Brown, 29, is escorted from the East Baton Rouge Violent Crimes Unit headquarters Wednesday by Baton Rouge police Detectives Joseph Dargin, left and Kwouska Lee, right. Brown is a suspect in Tuesday's fatal shooting of Emanuel Hicks on East Washington Street.
Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Leonard Brown, 29, is escorted from the East Baton Rouge Violent Crimes Unit headquarters Wednesday by Baton Rouge police Detectives Joseph Dargin, left and Kwouska Lee, right. Brown is a suspect in Tuesday's fatal shooting of Emanuel Hicks on East Washington Street.

Baton Rouge police Wednesday arrested one man and said they are searching for another man in a fatal shooting Tuesday night on East Washington Street.

Leonard Brown was arrested without incident at 4:45 p.m. at his home, police Cpl. L'Jean McKneely said in an email.

Brown, 29, 2033 Maryland St., Baton Rouge, will be placed in East Baton Rouge Parish Prison and booked with second-degree murder and aggravated damage to property in the shooting at 8:08 p.m. Tuesday outside a home at 326 E. Washington St.

Earlier Wednesday, police identified the victim as Emanuel Hicks, 23, 205 E. Washington St., who was shot multiple times and died at the scene.

McKneely said witnesses came forward Wednesday afternoon and led detectives to Brown.

Hicks' neighbor described him as a "gentleman" while others said crime is normally not an issue in the neighborhood.

Elijah Stewart, who lived next door to Hicks, said he seemed like a nice guy.

"He would be on the go all the time, but he would stop and shake my hand," Stewart said Wednesday.

Police do not have a motive in the shooting, which occurred while Hicks and another man whom police would not identify because of safety issues were sitting on the porch, McKneely said.

Two unidentified men walked up to the house and one pulled a gun and fired several shots, hitting Hicks, McKneely said.

It is still unclear whether Brown was the shooter or not, McKneely said.

Two people standing outside Hicks' house who identified themselves as his aunt and uncle, but did not give their names, said they did not want to say anything because they were still grieving.

Andre Williams, whose grandmother lives two houses down from Hicks' house, and Debra Colbert, who lives two houses down from 326 E. Washington, said crime is usually not an issue in the neighborhood in the vicinity of East Washington, Nebraska and Arizona streets.

McKneely said police are still looking for a second suspect in the shooting.

Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to contact the East Baton Rouge Violent Crimes Unit at (225) 389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.