Shooting victim found in lawn chair dies

A man suffering from gunshot wounds who was found under a Mission Drive carport late Saturday has died, Baton Rouge Police said on Sunday.

Travis Denzel Polk, 21, 4808 Ritterman Ave., died at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, police spokesman, Cpl. L’Jean McKneely said on Sunday.

Police responding to reports of a shooting about 11:30 p.m. Saturday found Polk sitting in a lawn chair at 3274 Mission Drive.

Darryl Gilmore lives at the Mission Drive home where police found Polk’s body and said Sunday he heard three shots in rapid succession between 11 p.m. and midnight.

Once he heard the shots, he ran outside to find Polk slumped in a plastic green chair and still breathing, Gilmore said. Polk was shot three times in the chest.

He quickly called 911.

Gilmore admitted that he did not know Polk personally, but had seen him walking around the neighborhood. Another person who lives inside the home said he knew Polk, but declined to comment on Polk or the shooting.

Gilmore said forensics personnel with the Baton Rouge Police Department were at the home for several hours. He said they found two bullet shells in the front yard.

Police urged anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers at 344-STOP or the Violent Crime Unit at 389-4869.