BR shooting victim, 22, dies of wounds

A Baton Rouge man died Friday morning after being injured in a Thursday afternoon shooting near Airline Highway and Greenwell Springs Road.

Andrew Johnson, 22, was pronounced dead at a hospital after being shot in the parking lot of the Warren House apartments around 3:30 p.m. Thursday in an incident involving at least three people, said Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a police spokesman.

Police have not named any suspects in the fatal shooting, nor have they released any definitive motives for it.

Detectives have heard that there may have been a shootout, but no one besides Johnson was injured in the shooting, McKneely said.

At least two cars were involved in the incident, in which police believe two men attacked another man, McKneely said, although it wasn’t clear how Johnson was involved.

Crystal Lopez, a property manager at the apartment, said the shooting happened near a blue dumpster at the edge of the complex’s parking lot.

“They didn’t live here,” Lopez said of the people who were involved in the shooting. “We don’t even know why they came here.”

Lopez said witnesses reported hearing six gunshots. However, she was near the rear of the complex at the time of the shooting, and she said she did not hear any gunshots.

One resident of the complex said he was away from home at the time of the shooting Thursday, but that he pulled up not too long after it happened.

“I don’t plan to stay in Baton Rouge much longer,” said the resident, 73-year-old W. Roland Goetzman. The shooting factored into his decision to leave, Goetzman said.

A witness who declined to be identified for fear of his safety said he saw three cars pull up near the dumpster in broad daylight Thursday afternoon.

The witness saw one man exit a white truck, possibly a Chevrolet Suburban, with a shotgun and point it into another car before firing several rounds, he said.

The witness said he later saw Johnson run away from the scene limping.

Authorities found Johnson around the corner from the parking lot near Wooddale Boulevard.

Not long after the shooting, a tall man with dreadlocks who wasn’t wearing shoes came running up to the One Stop Food Market on Greenwell Springs Road, which is a little less than half a mile from the shooting scene.

“He was asking for a ride,” said James Johnson, an employee of the gas station and accompanying general store, adding that the man never went inside the store but did mention something about a shooting.

James Johnson, no relation to Andrew Johnson, said both Andrew Johnson and the man who ran up to the store were regular customers who never caused any trouble.

Attempts to locate relatives of Andrew Johnson were unsuccessful on Friday.

Police ask anyone with information about this incident to call them at (225) 389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.

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