Louisiana shootings could be racially motivated

Kenneth Gleason 23
Kenneth Gleason 23
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17 September, 2017

Louisiana police have detained a man in connection with a recent string of shooting deaths that have plagued the city of Baton Rouge, as reported by The Advocate. Detectives say Gleason told them the drugs were his and he did not have a prescription for the testosterone enanthate.

He was subsequently charges with possession of a schedule I drug and possession and manufacturing of a schedule III drug. McKneely said police did not yet have enough evidence to charge him with murder.

The first shooting Tuesday night near Florida Blvd involved a homeless man later identified as Bruce Cofield, 59. He said police had collected other circumstantial evidence but wouldn't say what it was.

L'Jean McKneely has indicated that there is a "strong possibility" that these attacks were racially motivated, being as how both victims were black.

According to the AP, authorities suspect the killings, which happened approximately 5 miles from one another, are connected because of shell casings found at each of the crime scenes. The second happened Thursday when 49-year-old Donald Smart was gunned down walking to work at a cafe popular with LSU students, McKneely said. After Gleason was read his Miranda rights, he claimed ownership of the drugs, the document said.


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