BRPD dealing with another busy weekend of shootings, some fatal; mayor and chief issue joint statement

Updated: Nov. 25, 2019 at 10:36 PM CST
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The Baton Rouge Police Department has been busy lately, with three straight weekends of multiple people being shot and killed in the Capital City.

Just this weekend, there was a total of five shootings, three of which were deadly, and right now, none of these crimes have been solved.

According to the Baton Rouge Police Department, one of the shootings happened Sunday, Nov. 24, around 6 p.m. in the 1800 block of Boulevard de Province. An unidentified man was shot and transported to a hospital where he died, officials say. The motive and suspect are unknown.

“Chief Paul has put an initiative forward, with putting additional manpower out there. We’re reaching out to all the community members, we’re reaching out to the churches, we’re reaching out the neighbors. The next step is for the community to assist us, so that’s who we’re reaching out too,” said Sgt. L’Jean McKneely, spokesperson for BRPD.

The shooting happened one day after a man was shot near a business at the intersection of Boulevard de Province and Old Hammond Highway.

In total, five shootings happened over the weekend, three of which were deadly.

Monday night, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome and Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul issued a joint statement addressing the recent violence, saying there has been a “disappointing” spike in homicides in November. So far, three arrests have been made in connection with the 14 homicides in the month. City officials say investigators have “solid leads” on most of the other cases as well.

There were 14 homicides in Baton Rouge from Nov. 1 to 25.
There were 14 homicides in Baton Rouge from Nov. 1 to 25.(WAFB)

“I want to reassure our citizens that we are continuously taking steps to address violence in our city. There will always be ebbs and flows when it comes to crime and we are being proactive to stop it,” said Mayor Broome.

The violence is hitting too close to home for some Baton Rouge residents.

“We had gone to mass [Sunday] and we were home. It was around 8:30, and we heard three ‘pop, pop, pops’ and it’s happening weekly,” said Stacy Ashton.

She heard gunshots Sunday night from her home near Perkins Road and Hyacinth. She says the crime is an ongoing issue.

“I just hope that the city gets the crime under control. It’s moving in and it’s scaring everyone, and we all just want a safe community,” she said.

Chief Paul says BRPD has taken the following steps to address the uptick in violence:

  • Sixty detectives have been reassigned to assist the Narcotics Section and the Street Crimes Unit to increase police presence in areas of concern, as well as to assist in ongoing investigative efforts
  • Twenty officers have been reassigned from specialized units (Mounted, K-9, and Traffic) to assist with proactive patrols in designated areas
  • The Crime Gun Intelligence Center will continue working with federal, state, and local partners by responding to shots fired incidents and providing immediate investigative assistance. Nineteen personnel from partnering agencies (BRPD, ATF, EBRSO, EBRDA, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Probation and Parole) are assigned to this operation.
  • Twenty-six new officers will be released from the Field Training Program this week and will be permanently assigned to Uniform Patrol in an effort to put more boots on the ground

“The Baton Rouge Police Department is committed to making this holiday season safe for residents and visitors. As concerning as all this is, the fact is the total number of homicides in the city of Baton Rouge remains on track to fall below the peak experienced over the previous two years. City leaders are doing everything in their power to stem this violence, but cannot do it alone.”

Anyone with information on these shootings is urged to contact the Violent Crimes Unit at 225-389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at 225-344-7867.

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