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Man killed in early morning shooting on Perkins Road; deputies seek suspect

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Friday, July 5, 2013 - 11:53am

A man was shot and killed outside the Oakleigh Apartments on Perkins Road early this morning. Investigators say they have no motive or suspect for the shooting.

The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office responded to the call at roughly 5:30 a.m. on Friday, July 5. Someone heard gunshots, then found the victim, John Coates, 25, on the ground, covered in blood.
Investigators are still at the scene.

Officials say the victim’s child was in the car at the time of the shooting. The child is currently with the mother and was not injured during the incident.

If you know anything about this incident call Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-STOP (7867). You can also text your tip to CRIMES (274637). Include CS225 at the beginning of your message.

This is the 8th homicide investigation for the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office in 2013. Including this case, only two of those remain open.


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