Mother finds son shot & killed inside apartment

Mother of son shot: “All I seen was scattered glass and bullet holes in the door. He was my heart. I miss my son because that was the only son I had.”

BATON ROUGE – A mother is grappling with a harsh reality after discovering her son shot and killed inside his apartment Saturday.

Lela Armstrong revealed to Unfiltered with Kiran that her son, Randall Hawkins, 42, failed to call her on Saturday morning, a routine he consistently followed.

“He didn’t call me Saturday morning, so I called his phone,” she told UWK. Armstrong explained that her son worked at Tony’s Seafood, where he fried fish during the week, and typically reached out to her on his day off. “He always called me every Saturday around 9 or 9:30. You know how a mother’s love is when you have your children; you get hunches about the children.”

Armstrong stated that her maternal intuition kicked in while she and her daughter were running errands on Saturday. Around 10 a.m., she decided to check on her son at his apartment off Plank Rd.


“When I got there, all I saw was scattered glass and bullet holes in the door,” Armstrong said. She told UWK that she and her daughter discovered her son naked and shot dead inside.

A neighbor informed her that he heard gunshots around 10:30 p.m. on Friday, December 8. She is now questioning why no one called the police.

“I kept asking, ‘Why didn’t you call the police?’ I said, ‘Y’all could have saved my son, you know.’ Because I know if I were living over there, I would have called the police. No matter what, you know, because I know something is going on. If you’re shooting in somebody’s house, you’re trying to hurt somebody, so I would have called 911,” she expressed.

It’s unclear at this point whether Hawkins was killed on Friday night, but glass was shattered outside his apartment, and the front door to his apartment was riddled with bullet holes. Armstrong says she has no idea who would target her son because he kept to himself.

“He had no beef with anybody because he did not hang out with anybody. He didn’t go to clubs or bars or associate with other dudes or chill with them. All he did was go to work and back home. His daddy picked him up, and his daddy dropped him back off at home in the evening when he got off from Tony’s Seafood,” said Armstrong. “(His neighbors) even said he had respect for everybody and anybody. He was my heart. I miss my son because that was the only son I had.”

The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office is leading the investigation into Hawkins’ murder. Anyone with any information on the case is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 344-STOP or submit an anonymous tip online.

Download the Unfiltered with Kiran app from the Apple App Store and Google Play to updated on any new developments.

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