BATON ROUGE, La. – Two people were killed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana last week. The two slayings took place in close proximity of each other, merely five kilometers apart.
The deadly shootings caused widespread panic among city dwellers and the surrounding areas as people thought that some white supremacist was on the prowl killing innocent black people. While one of the two people killed was a homeless man, the other person who lost his life in the mindless killing was actually going to his office, when he was killed.
The arrest of a 23-year old man, Kenneth Gleason, is expected to solve the two killing that the authorities believe were racially motivated. Authorities claim that a white man is custody and they believe that the same man who was originally arrested for drug possession was behind the two slayings.
Police officials claim that the 23-year old white male is a suspect in the deaths of Bruce Cofield, 59, and Donald Smart, 49, who were shot last week in separate incidents.
There was close resemblance between the two shootings. While both the victims were black, in both shootings the cases, the gunman fired from his car then walked up to the victims as they were lying on the ground and fired again multiple times.
Baton Rouge Sgt. L’Jean Mckneely was quoted by the Associated Press as saying that the police don’t have solid evidence against him, nonetheless police officials were sure of his involvement in the slayings.
Sgt. L’Jean Mckneely said “The victims were … ambushed…There is a strong possibility that it could be racially motivated.” He went on to add that shell casings from the shootings linked the two slayings, and a car belonging to Gleason fit the description of the vehicle used in the killings. He said authorities had collected other circumstantial evidence but he wouldn’t say what it was.
Reports suggest that police from the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office and the Baton Rouge Police Department searched the 5144 Sandy Ridge Drive home where Kenneth Gleason lives. Public records show that the home is owned by Gleason’s parents. His mother works at LSU Press, the university’s book publishing arm, according to social media.
Police sleuths who searched the property claim that they discovered 9 grams of marijuana in a bathroom and testosterone enanthate, known as human growth hormones, in his bedroom. Gleason acknowledged he was the owner of the drugs and does not have a prescription for the HGH, police said. Gleason was taken into custody.
Officials have been trying to extricate as much information from him as possible. Investigators said he was questioned extensively in connection to the two shootings, but he has not yet been charged with murder. A neighbor, who doesn’t know Gleason and his family, told The Associated Press, “He looks like any clean-cut American kid. (It’s) hard to believe this sort of thing is still happening.”