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Folsom man shot in Covington during drug deal gone bad

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Folsom man shot in Covington during drug deal gone bad

A 59-year-old Folsom man was shot in Covington Wednesday night in what police believe was a drug deal gone bad.

Randy Batiste was shot at least twice while sitting in his vehicle near the intersection of West 29th Avenue and Van Buren Street, Covington Police said.

Around 9 p.m., police received a call about shots being fired in the northeast section of the city. A short time later, police received a call from a local hospital emergency room reporting that Batiste had arrived suffering from gunshot wounds. He had apparently driven himself to the hospital.

A preliminary investigation revealed that Batiste, while sitting in his vehicle, was engaged in a fight with a man wearing a black hoodie when a second man wearing a grey hoodie approached the vehicle and opened fire, police said. Batiste is expected to survive.

Detectives, with the help of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office Crime Lab, executed a search warrant on Batiste's vehicle. During the search, investigators recovered a large amount of marijuana, which lends to the theory the incident was related to a drug deal, police said.

Covington Police ask that anyone with information about the shooting call the Covington Police Department at 985-892-8500, or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.