2022 getting off to a violent start in Baton Rouge

Not even 10 days into a new year yet, the violence in Baton Rouge shows no signs of slowing down.

It’s been a violent weekend in the city and even on Sunday, BRPD officers have responded to at least five shootings, starting in the morning. 

Around 10:30am, officers went to Government St. between Marquette & S. Carrollton avenues for a shooting, specifically, the scene started on Apartment Court Dr., but ended on Government St. Two people were shot, both suffering life-threatening injuries and rushed to a hospital. Officials say someone in a vehicle started shooting at people in another car. The victims’ vehicle had several bullet holes holes. Police found one person in the back of the vehicle shot and a second victim was found in a carport.

Shortly after, a man who had been shot ran into the Super 8 Motel on Reulet Ave. near I-12 and asked someone working at the motel to call police saying he had been shot.

Around 1:30pm on N. Marque Ann Dr. between S. Choctaw & Florida Blvd., there were numerous reports of shots fired with a homeowner saying her driveway was full of shell casings.

Shortly after 2pm at a Circle K on N. Lobdell, after several shots were fired outside the store, a clerk found a 14-yr-old teen dead on the side of the store. That is the second homicide for the year in BR.

Just after 4pm, officers rushed to Dallas Dr. near S. Choctaw for a man shot who also died, making it the third homicide of 2022.

These five shootings come on the heels of four other shootings in Baton Rouge on Saturday, Jan. 8th. Plus, what started as a possibly kidnapping in the city turned into a man who allegedly threatened EBR deputies and was ultimately shot and killed around 4pm on Jan. 8th at the Springbrook apartments on George O’Neal.

Saturday, Jan. 8th around 4am, officers went to a BR hospital for a man shot, but the information provided to officials did not match the evidence. Instead, the man told officers he was at the wrong place at the wrong time when two men started arguing and shooting and he was hit by one of their bullets. However, officers found no evidence of a shooting at the scene the victim indicated. 

Then around 4pm on Jefferson Ave. just off Plank Rd., a man told BRPD that he saw someone breaking into a relative’s vehicle. When he attempted to take matters into his own hands and chase the suspect, the suspect shot at him grazing him in the leg. 

Around 7:30pm, there was a drive-by shooting on N. Acadian Thruway near Zion St. The victim told officers someone drove by his car and shot, but he was not hit.

Just as the day was wrapping up, around 11:30pm on N. Sherwood Forest near Florida Blvd., two women were sitting in a car when they said they noticed some suspicious people walking their way. She said as she started to drive off, they started shooting at her vehicle multiple times. The driver was shot but the passenger in her car did not get shot.

So far in 2022, there have been 17 shootings BRPD has responded to, three of which turned into homicides with people dying.

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