BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A school teacher was shot and killed in Baton Rouge early Thursday morning, officials reported.
The East Baton Rouge Parish School System identified the victim as Brent Batiste, 25, a teacher at Scotlandville Pre-Engineering Magnet Academy. According to the school's website, he was an 8th grade science teacher.
EBRSS released the following statement:
EMS officials say they responded to a reported shooting on N 19th Street near Mulberry Street around 6:45 a.m. and the victim was found dead upon the crew's arrival.
The Baton Rouge Police Department is investigating. They say Batiste was found dead inside his vehicle and had multiple gunshot wounds.
"This is a tragic thing," said Sgt. L'Jean McKneely with BRPD. "This is an educator, a most recent educator who just got out of school in an attempt to reach kids out there and change lives."
There were at least two bullet holes in the passenger side door of the car. Witnesses say the victim was shot nine times.
As far as the crime activity in that area, McKneely says the majority of people in that subdivision are hardworking, but a small percentage continue to bring it down, so they're chipping away at the violators.
"We're going to approach them and try to change their behavior and if they don't want to change, we're going to do what we need to do to change the community by putting them in jail."
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information in this case should contact the Violent Crimes Unit at 225-389-4869 or call Crime Stoppers at 225-344-7867.