Baker police arrest 17-year-old suspect in shooting death of 19 year old

The suspect wanted in the fatal shooting Sunday of a 19-year-old turned himself in to Baker police Monday night.

Kenard Maurice Gaines, 17, 4386 Jefferson St., No. 15, Baker, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of second-degree murder and illegal use of a weapon, Baker Police Chief Mike Knaps said.

Three witnesses identified Gaines in a photo lineup as the shooter, Knaps said.

Knaps said investigators believe the fatal shooting was drug-related.

Sunday’s shooting happened about 6:25 p.m. in the 1300 block of Daniels Street.

Kortlon Trevon Johnson, 19, 251 Dotson St., died after suffering multiple gunshot wounds to the torso, Knaps said.

According to interviews with witnesses, Johnson asked Gaines to step outside during a get-together of several people at the home. Johnson and Gaines got into an argument and Gaines shot Johnson, Knaps said.

Gaines ran away from the scene while Johnson stumbled back to the southeast corner of the home, fell to the ground and died.

Larb Singleton Jr., Johnson’s stepfather, said Sunday he did not know what brought his stepson to the Daniels Street residence.

Singleton described his stepson as a good-mannered young man.

“He was a good boy” who Singleton said may have gotten tangled up with the wrong crowd.

Five years ago, another of Singleton’s sons was shot to death.

Larb Singleton III, 23, was fatally shot in Zion City, and in February 2011, Jonathan Jones, who was 16 at the time of the October 2008 shooting, was convicted of second-degree murder in that shooting.

Baker police asked anyone with information about the Sunday night shooting to call them at (225) 775-6000 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.