Authorities investigating possible connections in recent rash of shootings
PRIDE - Investigators from East Feliciana and East Baton Rouge parishes are looking into whether a rash of shootings that began this summer are connected.
So far, the shootings have claimed two lives. The most recent was last night in the northern section of East Baton Rouge Parish.
According to the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's office, deputies responded to the 15000 block of Port Hudson-Pride Road around 5:45 p.m. in response to a man who was reportedly shot while outside his home.
Authorities say 66-year-old Carroll Breeden was pronounced dead at the scene.
Breeden formerly served on the Baton Rouge Park and Recreation Commission, according to BREC Communications Director Cheryl Michelet.
Today, his family said he was loved by all.
"He's my hero, just an honest hard working man that if anyone needed help he was there to do it," Buzz Breeden, Carroll Breeden's son said.
Last week, Buck Hornsby was shot and wounded on his property after an unknown person pulled up and opened fire as he was walking on his property. Two months before that, Tommy Bass was found shot to death outside his home in Clinton.
On Wednesday, authorities said they couldn't confirm if the three shootings were connected, but also said they haven't ruled out that possibility.
"I think the public needs to be careful," Greg Phares with the East Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office said. "I'm not one that panics anybody, and I'm not a person who panics or recommends that people panic. I think people should live their lives but people should be careful, more so now than ordinary times."
Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to contact the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office at 225-389-5000.