Neighborhood puzzled after murder
BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Police and neighbors are trying to figure out why a man was gunned down near a neighborhood barbecue.
The shooting happened Saturday shortly after 1 p.m. on the 600 block of East Polk Street.
Police say 63-year-old Eddie Lee Marshall died at the scene. People who knew Marshall described him as kind, giving and quiet, adding that he was a loving person that didn't bother anyone.
"It's pretty sad for everybody. Most of us got up this morning and went to church to celebrate and honor him, because he was a good guy. I don't understand why this happened," said Stella Jackson.
While investigators and neighbors try to piece together what may have lead to the shooting, Marshall's past may shed some light. Four years ago Marshall faced a second-degree murder charge. Police then said Marshall shot and killed 44-year-old Keefe Anderson on May 31, 2010 in broad daylight.
That shooting happened at a food mart on East Boulevard. However, a grand jury did not convict Marshall for the murder. Baton Police say investigators will pursue every angle to find the shooter responsible for killing Marshall. But people who knew Marshall don't believe retaliation led to Saturday's shooting.
"I don't know what happened, but I've never known him to be a violent person of that sort that would do that," said Jackson.
People we spoke with say the uncertainty of knowing why someone shot Marshall to death worries them.
"It's hard because not knowing is the main thing. You don't know what's going to happen from one moment to the next moment, so it's scary," said Jackson.
A 37-year-old woman was also shot when Marshall was killed. She's expected to survive after being shot in the leg twice. Witnesses told News 2 that she was caught in the line of fire intended for Marshall.