Police make arrest after pregnant woman injured in shootout near high school

Winbourne Avenue near Istrouma High School (Source: WAFB)
Winbourne Avenue near Istrouma High School (Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Police have made an arrest in a shooting that injured a pregnant woman who got caught in the crossfire of feuding groups Thursday night.

The Baton Rouge Police Department reported Nortrell Poole, 19, is facing attempted murder and other charges.

Sgt. L'Jean Mckneely Jr. with BRPD said the 32-year-old victim is expected to survive her injuries. The extent of the unborn baby's injuries are unknown.

According to investigators, the shooting happened on Winbourne Avenue near Istrouma High around 8:30 p.m. Detectives said they learned two groups got into an argument after a football scrimmage at the school, which resulted in at least two people pulling out guns and firing.

Mckneely said the innocent bystander was hit in the midsection and was taken to the hospital. Reports indicated she was two to three months pregnant. Her exact condition was not released.

"This bystander was pregnant. They had kids out there. They had parents out there seeing their kids at this spring football scrimmage," McKneely said. "They could have possibly been injured so we ask that you deal with your issues without shooting at one another."

East Baton Rouge Parish School System Superintendent Warren Drake said his heart goes out to the victims. He says he feels "responsible for this."

"I want to make sure that we have the right length fences, the right lighting. We have the proper security at every event," Drake said. "Any time something like this happens, we feel responsible and we are going to do everything we can to prevent it."

Poole was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on charges of attempted second-degree murder, attempted second-degree feticide, and aggravated criminal damage to property.

"It's a different world we live in," Drake said. "And it's sad sometimes to see what happens on campuses."

Bond has not been set.

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