Crime Stoppers: Time to start talking - Hanks Dr. shooting spotlights communication problem

Crime Stoppers: Time to start talking - Hanks Dr. shooting spotlights communication problem

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - It's another late night shooting in Baton Rouge is how many will view this, but after a July that nobody will ever forget in the Capital City, isn't it time we put that kind of thinking to rest?

Detectives with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office are looking for the person behind the gun, but in the larger conversation, they are looking and hoping for much more. Are we really ready to start talking when it matters?

The 6600 block of Hanks Drive in north Baton Rouge is as good a place to start as any. It was home to a shooting on June 15 at 1 a.m. The victim, to this point, has survived.

"He was transported to an area hospital in critical condition," said Det. Scott Henning with EBRSO. "Even several weeks later, he's still in the hospital where he has undergone several surgeries and remains in critical condition."

We aren't identifying the victim for obvious reasons. He's still alive and we don't want to put him in harm's way any further. Detectives believe he left his apartment to run out to his car and was walking back when the shooting happened.

"We believe the victim was walking from the parking lot when he was approached by the suspect. We believe it was an attempted robbery," Henning explained.

Detectives don't know for sure what the suspect got away with. What was almost taken, though, was a life. What was absolutely stolen, however, is more of that sense of security. It is something that detectives can't replace without help from those who are living this.

"We have to have the community's involvement. If there is somebody that knows something, come forward," Henning added.

But that is asked for all the time, which takes us back to the beginning. Talking about what is going on if you truly want it to change. Opening up that line of communication. This shooting doesn't exist in a vacuum and neither does this city. We are all connected. So, let's start talking and let's start actually doing something. A simple phone call can be the tipping point.

If you have information about this shooting, you are urged to call Crime Stoppers at 344-7867.

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