Police believe shooting of teen on Essen Lane was not random

Police say they do not believe shooting of teenager on Essen Lane near I-10 was not random

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Detectives with the Baton Rouge Police Department are investigating a deadly shooting that happened on the I-10 West Essen Lane exit ramp.

According to officials, Joseph Coleman, 17, was found in the driver’s seat of a Honda Accord a little before 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 7, in the 4500 block of Essen Lane. Police closed the ramp for nearly three hours to collect evidence.

Investigators believe the shooting was not random. BRPD stated Coleman later died from his injuries. Police added a 20-year-old man who was a passenger in the car was not hurt.

This investigation remains ongoing.

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

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