'Strong possibility' of racial motivation in Baton Rouge killings, police say

Lester Mason
September 17, 2017

Kenneth Gleason is shown in an undated booking photo provided by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office.

A Baton Rouge Police Department spokesman says the person who was brought in for questioning in connection to two shootings that may be related has not been charged in connection to the case, but was arrested on unrelated drug charges. The man was being held on drug charges.

The first shooting Tuesday night near Florida Blvd involved a homeless man later identified as Bruce Cofield, 59.

L'Jean McKneely affirmed Gleason's vehicle matched the description of a auto for which police had been searching. He said police had collected other circumstantial evidence but he wouldn't say what it was.


Shannon says many customers fled the restaurant, Michael's on Simcoe, in the wake of the shooting.

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 on Thursday when 49-year-old Donald Smart was shot while walking to work.

Detectives searched Gleason's home on Saturday and found less than a gram of marijuana and vials of human growth hormone in his bedroom, according a police document.

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