BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) — Hattie Scales has lived in her home since the late 80s and says gun violence has never been this bad. Scales found herself awakened by the sound of gunshots, followed by the painful cries of a grandmother.
Baton Rouge police responded to the 5100 block of Fairfields Avenue regarding a shooting that left a child dead late Tuesday night.
“The care and the love for one another is gone, and that’s the saddest part about this whole thing,” said Scales. “When you got to get on the floor three nights in a row and you are 75 years old, that’s not too good.”
Scales said at some point during the tragic night she had to turn her television up to drown the sounds of the grieving grandmother.
“She said ‘they killed my grandbaby,’ she walked, she cried, she walked, she cried. You couldn’t get down the street driving and there was barely room to walk,” said Scales.
The victim is three-year-old Devin Page Jr. He was hit by a stray bullet while lying in bed.
“We know that the house was not the intended target, they had nothing to do with it,” said Sgt. L’Jean McKneely with the Baton Rouge Police Department.
Police say there are at least three different shooters. Scales said the last couple of nights has been restless for her.
“Most of the neighbors around here are older people. The house next door, a little child got shot three nights ago,” said Scales.
A resident for over 30 years, at 75 years old Scales said she has no plans of starting over and something needs to be done now.
“It’s one of the saddest things I ever witnessed in my whole life,” said Scales.
Police are now urging anyone with any information to come forward. If you have any information that could help investigators, please call the Violent Crimes Unit at 225-389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at 225-344-7867.
The family of Page created a GoFundMe to help raise money for his homegoing service. There is a memorial balloon release scheduled for Saturday, April 15th at Sherwood Park on North Sherwood Forest Drive at 3 p.m.