Keith Odom

Innocent truck driver shot to death in Baton Rouge just doing job he loved, says grieving father

A long-haul truck driver was shot and killed in a shopping center parking lot in Baton Rouge, LA on Tuesday morning, reports WJHL.

Authorities identified the victim as 49-year-old Keith Odom of Jonesborough, TN. Odom’s parents told the Advocate their son had wanted to be a truck driver since he was a little boy.

“All he ever wanted to do was drive,” his father said.

According to law enforcement, Odom was at the Longbow shopping center on Florida Blvd., attempting to make repairs on his truck as he waited to make his delivery, when a male approached and robbed him. Authorities believe Odom was shot as he was giving his property to the robber.

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Odom died from his injuries while at a local hospital, Sgt. Don Coppola of the Baton Rouge police department told The Advocate.

According to The Advocate, Odom was waiting to offload a delivery at Barton’s Surplus Warehouse and was making repairs to his 18-wheeler as he waited. A receipt from Advance Auto Parts was found at the scene and had a time stamp of 7:44 a.m., the morning of the shooting.

Two employees who work at a business in the Longbow shopping center told The Advocate they spotted a man pacing around the parking lot in a black hoodie. A few minutes later someone banged on the door of their business yelling someone had been shot.

They saw the victim lying in the parking lot and the man in the hoodie running across the parking lot.

Authorities have not identified a suspect in the shooting.

Authorities encourage anyone with information on this crime to call Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.

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