Man accused of shooting into bar after fight started in parking lot

A man was arrested for attempted murder after he allegedly shot into a sports bar after a fight started in the parking lot early Sunday morning.

The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office said it responded to the gunshots around 2 a.m. Sunday at Tiger Paw Grill & Daiquiris on Coursey Boulevard.

At the scene, deputies found approximately 20 shell casings on the ground in front of the bar and a single shell case in an adjacent parking lot.

Authorities detained 29-year-old Jacob Covington, who admitted to firing his gun in the air, according to arrest documents.

Detectives had surveillance video that showed a large argument that escalated into a fight outside the bar. Covington was seen trying to break up the fight moments before the gunfire erupted and sent everyone running for cover, according to arrest documents. 

Witnesses told deputies that around 15-30 people were inside the bar when the shooting started.

Officials say nearly four minuutes after the gunfire stopped and people had cleared out of the parking lot, detectives said another single shot was heard on the video. That bullet went through the front window of the bar and was later found lodged in the back wall.

A shell casing found in an adjacent parking lot matched the weapon Covington had on him when he was arrested.

Covington was booked Sunday morning into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

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