Two shot in attempted murder-suicide at counseling office off Essen Lane; shooter identified

Updated: Mar. 2, 2021 at 8:47 PM CST
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The Baton Rouge woman shot by her former husband will undergo a second surgery for her injuries Wednesday.

Authorities say her injuries are not life-threatening.

The woman was shot Tuesday afternoon by her ex-husband, Baton Rouge Attorney Richard Randall Ray, deputies reported.

Ray and his ex-wife were divorced in 2019. They were at a counseling session at an office off Picardy Avenue, going through “parental mediation” about the custody of their children, family members said.

As the two left the office, Ray, 53, shot his former wife multiple times, hitting her in her leg and hand, authorities said.

Ray then turned the gun on himself and died at the scene.

The counselor’s office is located in the 7900 block of Picardy Avenue, which is near the railroad tracks on Essen Lane in the same building as an optometrist.

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