No suspects, motives surface in BR teen’s slaying

Baton Rouge police say they don’t have any suspects or motives in a shooting Thursday night at an apartment complex just north of Florida Boulevard that left an 18-year-old man dead.

Timothy Thomas, 18, 1855 Boulevard de Province, Baton Rouge, died Thursday night after he was shot in the head outside the Park East Apartments on Sharp Lane, said Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a Baton Rouge police spokesman.

McKneely said no witnesses to the shooting had surfaced as of Friday.

Sherry Davis, a manager at the apartment complex, said Friday police spent hours poring over surveillance footage looking for potential clues as to what led to the shooting, which happened near the back of the complex.

In response to the shooting, a security officer was hired to begin patrolling the apartment complex grounds, Davis said.

“We’re taking precautions,” she said.

Davis also said Thomas was trespassing on the apartment grounds at the time of the shooting.

Thursday night’s killing marked the third 18-year-old shot to death within a week in separate and unrelated incidents. Police have made arrests in the other two slayings.

On Feb. 7, Marvin Thomas of St. Gabriel was shot to death while leaving a neighborhood grocery store at the corner of Terrace Avenue and South 15th Street. And on Feb. 11, Devonta Jenks of Baton Rouge was shot to death outside a Denham Street apartment complex, police said previously.

Anyone with information about the Thursday night shooting can contact police at (225) 389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.