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UPDATE: Arrest made in Sarasota Drive shooting


POSTED: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 - 5:30pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 - 5:34pm

UPDATE: East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office homicide detectives are arresting a man in the June 24 shooting in the 4000 block of Sarasota Drive at approximately 2:15 a.m. that left one man dead and another injured.

Gary Davis, 22, will be charged with First Degree Murder and Attempt First Degree.

Jarvis Nelson, 22, was located dead inside a vehicle on Sarasota and deputies were later notified that another man was hit and transported to a local hospital with injuries from the shooting.

According to reports, Davis approached the vehicle occupied by Nelson and the second victim and shot both men. Nelson died on scene, but the second man was able to run from the vehicle. Davis and Nelson were allegedly involved in an ongoing dispute.

Detectives arrested Davis on July 12 after discovering an SKS assault-type rifle at Davis’ home. Davis fled from deputies on foot, but deputies apprehended him a short time later and booked him for Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Resisting an Officer. The LSP Crime Lab was able to match Davis’ weapon with shell casings found at the scene of the homicide and match DNA found on the weapon with Davis.

ORIGINAL STORY: Two men were shot, and one died after a shooting Sunday, June 24. It happened around 2:15 a.m. in the 4400 block of Sarasota Drive in Baton Rouge.

When East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Deputies got to the scene they found Jarvis Nelson, 22, dead inside a car.

Deputies say another man had been shot and later transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

People living nearby say they heard close to a dozen gunshots ring out in middle of the night.

"It woke me up," said neighbor Sue Jackson. "I thought the kids were knocking around, and I listen and I heard it again. It was loud being, and I woke him up."

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.

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