BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Three men were shot Monday night (Oct. 5) near the intersection of N 26th and Laurel streets, police confirm.
The shooting happened around 7:30 p.m. just north of Florida Boulevard, police say.
Sgt. Don Coppola with the Baton Rouge Police Department says a group of people were standing near the intersection when a car drove by and someone fired shots from the vehicle, hitting three adult males. Coppola says their injuries appear to be non-life-threatening at this time.
BRPD says investigators are questioning witnesses in order to find out what happened, but they’re asking for the public’s help in identifying a possible suspect(s).
“I heard a whole bunch of gunshots. I thought they were close by, so I jumped in the bushes. I ran to my house. And they need to stop. Because they’ve got too many children out here every day out here all over this neighborhood. And I tell all of them you can do better. Teach the children something different. Don’t let them grow up like us,” said Tyrus Walker, who heard the gunshots.
“I don’t even recognize the neighborhood that I grew up in any longer. This is scary, this is tragic, and it’s it has to stop. We’ve got to be able to come together as a community and figure out kind of what we’re doing, why this is happening and really be able to come together as a community to say this has to stop,” said Tara Wicker, councilwoman for that neighborhood.
More gunshots were heard not long after the incident, but police say they have not found more gunshot victims.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 225-344-7867.
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