NBC10 - Monique Braxton
A well-known landscaper was attacked, shot and killed at his Browns Mills, N.J. home overnight. NBC10's Monique Braxton reports on the investigaton.
Friends and family will gather Saturday night in memory of a man who was shot and killed outside his home last September.
On the night of September 24, a group of armed men attacked 36-year-old Louis Sweet outside his home on the 700 block of Lakehurst Road in Browns Mills, Burlington County, N.J.
The men shot Sweet -- a landscaper who owned Little Lou's Tree Service -- multiple times in the chest. Sweet's five children were at home at the time, according to a neighbor. None of the kids were hurt.
A stray bullet however entered the home and struck Sweet's dog. Someone inside the home then called 911, according to investigators.
Pemberton Township Police found Sweet in the front yard of the home and rushed him to Lourdes-Deborah Hospital where he died about an hour later, according to Burlington County Prosecutor's Office spokesman Joel Bewley.
The dog was taken to a veterinary hospital and survived the shooting.
A friend of Sweet's, who asked not to be identified, told NBC10’s Katy Zachry that three to four masked men attacked Sweet, pushed his girlfriend to the ground, shot the pet inside, shot Sweet and then ran off into the woods.
Investigators didn't give a motive for the attack. Originally it was believed the attack happened inside the home; investigators however didn't mention if the armed men ever went inside.
Sweet's family organized a candlelight vigil that will be held Saturday evening from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Hornet's Nest parking lot on 348 Lakehurst Road in the Browns Mills section of Pemberton Township.
No arrests have been made in Sweet's death.