Man dies from gunshot wound in face

A man left his car in the middle of Woodpecker Street on Saturday night and stumbled over to a home on Avenue D, leaving a trail of blood before he collapsed in the yard where the woman who lived next door found him.

“It scared me so bad, I didn’t know what to do, so I had to call somebody,” Aubrey Jacobs, 69, said Sunday morning, recalling finding Jonathan Carter, 34, lying on the ground next to her mobile home.

She dialed 911 and paramedics arrived quickly, but Carter, 34, died later at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Baton Rouge police spokesman Cpl. L’Jean McKneely said.

A woman who answered the door Sunday at Carter’s home, 10563 N. Ridge Ave., in Greenwood Estates, said the family was still grieving and would not be commenting on his death.

Police did not have many details about the shooting Sunday morning but said Carter was likely shot in the face a few blocks away on Avenue A or Merganzer Avenue, and he drove to Avenue D looking for help, McKneely said.

Police arrived at the 10000 block of Avenue A about 9 p.m. after getting a ShotSpotter call and found Carter a few minutes later, police said in a news release.

ShotSpotter is a system of acoustic sensors that picks up sounds of gunfire and alerts police.

Carter was conscious when police arrived. Jacobs said he kept trying to tell them about someone shooting him on Avenue A or B and that he wanted water.

About midnight, a wrecker towed Carter’s white car that he left in the road, and police left soon after.

Jacobs said she did not have any outside lights, so she did not know the extent of Carter’s injuries when she found him. There was a puddle of blood still visible Sunday morning on the sidewalk of her son’s home that leads to Jacobs’ mobile home, as well as droplets that showed the path Carter took from his car to the house.

Jacobs, who did not know Carter, said she did all she could to help him.

McKneely said police do not have a motive or suspects and ask anyone with information to call (225) 389-3845 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.