Teen shot while walking to school; former classmate faces attempted murder charge

A teenager was taken to a hospital after being shot by a former classmate while walking to school, a spokesman with the Baton Rouge Police Department confirmed
Published: Jan. 18, 2023 at 7:28 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 18, 2023 at 6:19 PM CST
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - A teenager was taken to a hospital after being shot by a former classmate while walking to school, a spokesman with the Baton Rouge Police Department confirmed on Wednesday, Jan. 18.

Police said a 10th grader was shot in the midsection during an armed robbery while he was walking to school.

Police said the victim, a 10th grader at Broadmoor High School, was shot in the midsection. It happened on Archery Drive near Sherwood Forest Boulevard, investigators added.

“We had a call around 6:30 this morning relative to a student that was shot in the midsection. During the course of our investigation, we learned that there was an attempted robbery of a student, while he was on his way to school,” explains Sgt. L’Jean Mckneely with the BRPD.

Police tell WAFB the Broadmoor student was rushed to the hospital, where he is expected to be ok.

Dr. Sito Narcisse, superintendent of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System, joined BRPD for a news conference Wednesday morning. Dr. Narcisse said the alleged shooter was a student attending Broadmoor High School and had been expelled prior to the armed robbery and shooting.

“So, let’s just be clear this incident happened away from this school, right now we have kids full of school here that don’t know what’s actually going on,” says Narcisse.

The accused gunman was booked into a juvenile detention center and charged with armed robbery with a firearm, attempted first-degree murder, attempted armed robbery with a firearm, and illegal use of a weapon, according to BRPD.

Police also added they were investigating the accused for his possible involvement in another robbery that happened earlier this month. Police said the accused tried to rob another student at gunpoint while they were walking to school.

“This 15-year-old suspect was out committing crimes, opportunity type crimes. He saw a victim and then he’ll go after that particular victim, so it was a crime of opportunity from what we believe at this particular time,” adds Mckneely.

Officials described the shooting as “an isolated incident.”

Neighbors who live off Archery Street said they saw police swarming the street. “There was a bunch of people and they had metal detectors scanning the grounds up there at the stop sign,” says Darla Oliver who lives nearby.

Oliver explains that she has been living in the subdivision for the past 16 years. She says criminal activity has been going up around the neighborhood.

“You hear gunshots in the neighborhood around here. Police are good at response, they are here within five minutes or a little more, but I just put cameras up because you are kind of worried about your own house,” says Oliver.

BRPD is still investigating, they say members of the community can be proactive to help curb neighborhood crime.

“We rely on the resources; we rely on the community and the families to get involved. Chief Paul has often said go into your kid’s room, check their room, see what information they are sharing on social media, go underneath the bed, underneath the mattress, see if they have guns in their rooms,” said Mckneely.

Narcisse also added, “I know that as children who get older, families will just give them more liberty, as we should give them more liberty, but we should be always checking on our children, and also talking to their counselors and teachers. You know, children throughout an 8-hour day go through multiple adults.”

There was no disruption in classes at Broadmoor High School, but Narcisse says they will be available for the kids if they need to talk to someone about what happened.

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