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Victims identified in Baton Rouge business shooting

4 years ago March 28, 2011 Mar 28, 2011 Monday, March 28 2011 Monday, March 28, 2011 1:18:35 PM CDT in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Rachel Frost, Michael Shingleton

UPDATE: BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies released the names of the men killed in a shooting at a Baton Rouge business over the weekend.

Major Lawrence McLeary says Randy Cheney and Edward Gurtner were shot inside the Carquest Auto Parts store near the intersection of Airline Highway and Siegen Lane on Sunday.

Both men were employees of the store.

Charles Derousselle, a long-time friend of Edward Gurtner, was shocked to hear of his death.

"It's just tragic. You don't want to wish this on anybody but you hear Eddie and it's like no way, no way," Derousselle said. "Eddie definitely loved his job. He's been in the parts business, everything he did was parts related." 

Auto shop manager Don Fillingame says Chaney was equally dedicated to his work.

"He was the kind of guy who delivered parts to us on his day off. And on his way home he would stop by here and bring part to us. He was a terrific guy ans he'll be missed," Fillingame said.

Neighboring businesses described Sunday's events as shocking, tragic and worrysome. The auto parts store was empty Monday morning as all of the employees have been transferred to the Starring Lane location for now.

Many plan to add surveillance cameras, and one man said he will buy a gun.

Investigators thought the shooting was part of an armed robbery, but McLeary said Monday that they had not "pinned down" a motive yet.

For business owner reaction click the second video. To hear from friends of the victims, watch the first video.

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