Southern students want to see justice while shooting investigation continues

Southern students want to see justice while shooting investigation continues

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Nearly a month has passed since two Southern University students were killed when they were caught in the crossfire of a shooting. However, police are not positive who fired the fatal shots.

Police have investigated the scene and spoken to witnesses, but no one has been held responsible for the deaths of the two 19-year-old women, and it is unclear what could be the missing piece of the puzzle.

"I think everyone would like some form of justice," said Armond Duncan.

Duncan said he was a classmate of Lashuntae Benton, who along with fellow Southern student Annette January, was killed by gunfire on April 10 when two men opened fire across a crowded parking lot at an off-campus party. The justice he wants to see is the punishment of the person responsible.

Baton Rouge police quickly arrested Ernest Felton and charged him with attempted second degree murder and illegal use of a weapon. The other alleged gunman, who was wounded, was not charged.

It was thought that a crucial piece of evidence would be had following ballistics tests which could possibly show whose weapon fired the fatal shots. However, the preliminary results reportedly came back inconclusive.

So where does that leave this investigation into the murder of two college students?

Baton Rouge Police said that they don't have anything more to say about this investigation.

They said it's pretty much over, but they're still looking for people to come forward with information.

The District Attorney's Office said it does not have any evidence which would support a murder charge in this case.

According to a police expert who did not want to be identified, information from the public could be what's holding back a homicide charge.

He said it's common for younger witnesses to hold back details from investigators, and some students agreed.

"People in the community or people who was in the area need to really come forward because I'm pretty sure there's people who know what happened," said Joshua Calhoun.

"We need to realize as a people that we need to come together and like really speak the truth," Duncan said. "It is frustrating to know that certainly someone knows something."

Officials at Southern University could not comment on the shooting because of the ongoing investigation.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.

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