Family: Shooting victim recently had sentence commuted by President Obama
BATON ROUGE - Family of a man who recently had his sentence commuted by the president have confirmed to News 2 that he is the surviving victim of a shooting on North Foster Drive in Baton Rouge Saturday.
Boo Milton's father told The Investigative Unit his son was shot in the arm and taken to the hospital following the shooting at Q's Auto Sales.
Milton was in the news in March when President Barack Obama commuted his sentence. Boo, Advocate archives show, ran one of the city's first crack cocaine operations.
Milton was believed to be the ringleader of the operation that supplied drugs to other drug distributors in Baton Rouge between 1992 and 1996. By 1996, though, prosecutors had locked up 18 people associated with the organization. Milton surrendered in August 1996 and was sentenced to 50 years in prison. When his sentence was commuted in March, he was at a federal prison in Talladega, Alabama.
His father tells News 2 Milton has since been released and was working at the auto shop where the shooting happened Saturday. BRPD reported that the victim was 50-years-old, but wouldn't confirm that the victim was Milton.
In addition to Milton, a second man was shot in the head and died. Police did identify that man as 42-year-old Drexel Platt.
BRPD says they are investigating but there are no know motives are suspects at this time. Anyone with information is urged to call the BRPD Violent Crimes Unit at 389-4869.