BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Baton Rouge Police are investigating a shooting that left a 27-year-old man dead north of LSU's campus.
Emergency crews were called to the scene of the shooting in the 2700 block of Alaska Street at roughly 8:40 p.m. on Wednesday, October 19. When they arrived, they found the victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.
Officials identified the victim as Demond Johnson. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators say they have not identified a motive or suspect for this shooting.
If you know anything about this incident, call Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-STOP (7867).
This shooting happened in the 70802 zip code, which has been the area with the highest number of homicides for the last two years. However, the area has seen a drastic reduction in homicides so far this year. This incident is the fifth murder to happen so far this year, but there were a total of 20 murders in the zip code during 2015 and there were 22 in 2015.
It is worth noting, however, that the entire parish has seen a reduction in homicides so far this year when compared to the same date in 2015. Currently law enforcement in East Baton Rouge Parish have investigated a total of at least 40 murder cases. On the same day as this latest shooting, law enforcement had investigated a total of 63 murder cases.
The difference between 2015 and 2016 became most notable during the months of August and September. In August, there was only one murder in the parish, which is a historically low number for the parish. In September, there were two investigations, but in 2015 there were a total of nine murder investigations.