BR police investigating fatal shooting on East Polk Street

Updated at 5:40 p.m. — A 63-year-old man was killed and a 37-year-old woman was wounded after gunfire erupted in an Old South Baton Rouge neighborhood Saturday afternoon.

Baton Rouge police and East Baton Rouge Emergency Medical Services responded to 615 E. Polk St. at about 1:15 p.m. after receiving a call of shots fired.

EMS spokesman Mike Chustz said by the time paramedics arrived, the man, identified by police as Eddie Marshall, 9006 Orleans Drive, had died and a woman who was wounded had already left for the hospital in a personal vehicle.

Cpl. Don Coppola Jr., a spokesman for Baton Rouge police, said the woman’s injuries were not life-threatening.

Police taped off the 600 block of Polk Street as they searched for clues, photographing a white Chevrolet Impala that people in the area said belonged to Marshall. About 40 to 50 onlookers milled behind the crime scene tape as a wrecker whisked the vehicle away.

A few people said they heard about four gunshots.

One neighborhood resident, who asked not to be identified because he passed the shooter on Polk Street, said Marshall was lying on his back and had been shot in the head and neck but was still breathing when police arrived.

The witness was in the area with family when they heard the shots and saw the shooter running west on Polk immediately following the shooting.

The neighbor said he knew Marshall as a regular at Thomas’ grocery at the corner of Polk and Thomas H. Delpit Drive, though workers inside the store said they did not recognize the name. He said Marshall was a nice guy.

About two hours after the shooting, there were two pools of blood on the corner of East Polk and Tennessee streets where Marshall was shot.

Coppola said police have no motive or suspect in the shooting and ask anyone with information on the crime to contact the East Baton Rouge Violent Crime Unit at (225) 389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.