Baton Rouge police and fire briefs for July 22, 2014

Raymond Hamilton
Raymond Hamilton

Man booked in battery, shootings on birthday

Police arrested a Baton Rouge man on his 53rd birthday Sunday night following a dispute between two Evangeline Street households during which he reportedly shot at, but missed, two people, struck another man in the head with his gun and struck a recently pregnant woman in the stomach with the gun.

Witnesses told police that Raymond Hamilton, the man celebrating his birthday, screamed at some children about 8 p.m. Sunday, prompting the children’s father to ask Hamilton to stop the screaming, according to an affidavit of probable cause for Hamilton’s arrest.

In response, Hamilton pulled out a black pistol and fired several shots in the direction of the children’s father, a police officer wrote in the affidavit.

The father was not hit by gunfire. Hamilton also is accused of firing several shots at another person. That person also was not struck by gunfire.

In addition, Hamilton is accused of striking a man in the head with the gun and of striking a woman, who recently had a baby, in the stomach with the gun.

The woman was taken to a hospital, and police later learned “she was OK,” the affidavit says.

Hamilton, 2934 Evangeline St., was booked into Parish Prison on counts of attempted second-degree murder, illegal use of a weapon, aggravated second-degree battery, obstruction of justice and resisting an officer.

Family escapes Monday fire unharmed

A family of three escaped unharmed as the back porch and attic of their home at 1012 Progress Road burned early Monday, the Baton Rouge Fire Department announced.

Firefighters arrived at 2:30 a.m. Monday and had the blaze under control by 2:38 a.m., department spokesman Curt Monte said in a news release.

The fire caused an estimated $10,000 damage to the $50,000 house, plus another $1,000 in damage to the contents, he said.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, but investigators do not suspect foul play, Monte said.

Man in serious condition after shooting

A shooting about noon Monday near College Drive resulted in one man being hospitalized with serious injuries, Baton Rouge police said.

The 30-year-old man, who has not been identified, was shot on Barber Street, which branches off Bawell Street near College Drive, before he wandered over by some garbage cans outside of a nearby residence and collapsed, police said.

First responders took the shooting victim to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, said Mike Chustz, a spokesman for East Baton Rouge Parish Emergency Medical Services.

The man was shot in his side, Chustz said.

The victim told police he did not know who shot him, said Sgt. Mary Ann Godawa, a police spokeswoman.

BR man booked on suspicion of DWI

Authorities on Sunday night arrested and booked into Parish Prison one person suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish.

Terry Washington, 48, 1176 N. 37th St., Baton Rouge, was booked on first-offense DWI, reckless operation and resisting an officer, booking records show.

Compiled from staff reports. To talk to a crime reporter at The Advocate, call (225) 388-0369.