BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (AP) — More than a dozen people were injured in a shooting at a Baton Rouge nightclub on Sunday, officials in Louisiana said.
Police say one of the victims is in critical condition. No arrests have been made, but police believe the early morning attack was “targeted”.
“Based on our preliminary investigative efforts, this was not a random act of violence,” Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul said at a news conference Sunday afternoon. , believes that someone was specifically targeted and others were injured in the process.”
Three Baton Rouge police officers were nearby and responded to the Dior Bar & Lounge when the shots were fired around 1:30 am. They administered life support until emergency medical technicians arrived.
“I believe their quick response prevented further injuries,” said Paul.
Police have some clues, but Paul urged others with information about the shooting to come forward.
“There’s someone who knows something — do the right thing. It’s clear this person has a complete disregard for life, so we can save the next case,” Paul said. .
Police have not released the number of people shot. Paul declined to comment on how many shooters fired.
“I understand the interest and everyone’s desire for information, but please remember…you have to do this right,” Paul said of the ongoing investigation. Sometimes doing it right means I can’t provide information right now.”
Baton Rouge Mayor Sharon Weston Bloom, who last week met with mayors of other major Washington, D.C. cities to discuss the issue of crime, described the shooting as “a senseless act of violence that will never go unnoticed.” ‘ said.
“We will not stop our work until everyone feels safe and individuals no longer rely on guns to settle their differences,” Bloom said on Twitter.
Homicides in Baton Rouge fell last year from 2021, but the Louisiana capital is plagued by gun violence. In October, nine people were injured in early morning shootings near the Southern University campus in Baton Rouge.
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