Posted: Feb 8, 2014 5:53 PM by Troy Gaulden
Updated: Feb 8, 2014 5:53 PM
BATON ROUGE - Neighbors living in Old South Baton Rouge are calling for the violence to stop after an 18-year-old was gunned down walking from a store.
Baton Rouge Police say Marvin Thomas was shot and killed Friday just before 5 p.m. on the 1300 block of S. 15th St. Richard Lewis was chatting with the victim and the victim's father just before the boy left to go to a nearby convenience store.
"I said boy you do everything in the world for your daddy and his daddy smiled. After that he said I'm going to the store," said Lewis.
But Thomas never made it back. After hearing gunshots, Lewis and the victim's father went outside and saw a body in the street.
"I looked at Melvin and Melvin looked at me and said I can't believe this **** right here. This didn't happen, not this fast. I really didn't want to tell Melvin that was his son because I was surprised to see it. I didn't believe it," said Lewis.
As the two got closer to the body the father's emotions ran high after realizing that his son was murdered in broad daylight.
"He was still in denial and said Richard I just don't believe this. I just don't understand who would do some **** like that," said Lewis.
Lewis and others in the area say they want the senseless killing to end.
"It's uncalled for man. I never seen nothing like that in my life. It's just really uncalled for for you to be living among this and see this going on everyday. This done happened four or five times and nobody knows what's going on or what they see," he said.
Thomas was in Baton Rouge visiting from St. Gabriel. Police say they'll continue to work the case but have no suspects.