Man Shot in His Home

POSTED: Wednesday, March 25, 2009 - 7:00pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 11:58pm

A Baton Rouge man is dead after being shot through the walls of his house. Police and his neighbors say Jerome Boston was in the wrong place at the wrong time. As he was getting ready for bed a bullet flew through the wall in his bedroom.

Police are still investigation, but say they don’t think Jerome Boston was a target. He was in his bedroom when a bullet flew through his wall. Glenda Coleman lived next door to Boston and says, “I had just finished talking to him and he wanted to use the lawnmower to cut his grass and he was so happy because no one else would let him use their lawnmower.”

44-year-old Boston had hoped to cut his grass today. His neighbor Glenda Coleman is known as the candy lady, neighborhood kids stop buy her house to buy candy and cold drinks. Coleman says she always hears gunshots at night, but she’s never heard them so close to her house and she never dreamed her neighbor would be shot. “That was one of the best neighbors we ever had since he been here. He never bothered nobody, always stayed to himself.”

Boston’s landlord says he was the ideal tenant and his neighbors say he was always one of the kindest people they knew. They’re shocked because they knew Boston and even more shocked because it could have happened to anyone.

Tyrok Coleman is worried about the violence, “That bullet could have went in there and killed my mother, my dad, or my brother—it needs to be stopped.” Neighbors say they always see police and there’s a police camera across the street always keeping watch.

Jerome Boston was 44 years old. Neighbors say he was from New Orleans and a man they’ll miss. Police want to know who was shooting guns last night on St. Gerard Street. If you can help police call Crimestoppers at 344-STOP.