Press Conference: BRPD to address continuing crime increase in 2022

After a very busy start to shootings in Baton Rouge in 2022, the freezing temperatures most likely are playing a role in curbing the number of shootings the last few days.

So far this year, 23 days into 2022, there have been 39 shootings with 29 people injured. In addition, seven people were killed in homicides. Up till the middle of last week, Baton Rouge was averaging close to two shootings a day.

MLK Day, Jan. 17, 2022, there were at least six known shootings in just a 12-hour period starting at 11am as the earliest shooting with the last one for the day at 11pm. Two people died in those shootings and six others were injured. Outside of city limits, there was a self-defense shooting that the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office worked where a father shot his son. The son died from his injuries at a hospital.  

In fact, until Jan. 18th, there had been a shooting almost every day of January except for Jan. 6th & 7th.

There were two shootings on Saturday, Jan. 22rd with a 29-yr-old telling BRPD that he went to buy a dog at an apartment complex where there was an argument with the seller. The seller allegedly shot the victim twice and shot his truck multiple times. The victim was taken to a hospital.

Plus, around 2pm on Orchid St., a 16-yr-old confessed to police he accidentally shot his 3-yr-old brother and added that he stole the gun out of a vehicle on Hyacinth Ave. He said he went and pulled on door handles one night when he allegedly sold the gun.

In addition to all the shootings, there have been people held up at gunpoint, vehicles stolen and people robbed just to mention some of the crime in Baton Rouge.  

VICTIM’S VOICE: GARDEN DISTRICT WOMAN ROBBED OF CAR AT GUNPOINT

VICTIM’S VOICE: “IT’S A MIRACLE WE DIDN’T GET SHOT. THIS IS WARZONE STUFF.”

The Baton Rouge Police Dept. is scheduled to hold a news conference to address the increase in crime on Monday, Jan. 24th at 10:30am. Unfiltered with Kiran was not on the news release that was sent out to media notifying them of the news conference because BRPD’s Chief Murphy Paul (& EBR Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome) will not allow those releases to be sent to us. It’s why Unfiltered with Kiran will not be in attendance at the news conference.  

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