Woman shot in Tigerland dies at hospital in latest Baton Rouge shooting

BATON ROUGE — A woman shot at a Tigerland apartment complex Monday afternoon died at the hospital and another woman has been arrested for her murder.

This incident marks the latest homicide in Baton Rouge and is the 23rd killing of the year. Last year, the city didn’t reach the 23rd homicide until late April.

READ MORE: Baton Rouge Crime: Homicides in 2024 up 83% compared to this time last year

Around noon on Monday, March 11, 2024, Baton Rouge Police Officers responded to a shooting in the 4700 block of Tigerland Ave., located off Jim Taylor Dr.

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A woman was shot Monday at an apartment complex in Tigerland. Her identity has not been released.

Upon arrival, officers discovered Sirena Franklin, who had been shot in the chest. She was transported to an area hospital in critical condition but, unfortunately, did not survive.

Angelique Chatman, who lived in the same apartment complex, was arrested in connection to Franklin’s shooting. Sources tell UWK the two got into a heated verbal argument minutes before the shooting and several people led officers to Chatman. She’s now charged with second-degree murder.

This most recent homicide highlights a pattern that BRPD Chief TJ Morse says hold true for majority of homicides and shootings this year.

“The vast majority of shootings we have seen this year have been targeted acts of violence or retaliatory in nature,” said Chief Morse.

Chief Morse notes that a significant number of these incidents involve teenagers. However, he points out that the police recently apprehended nine individuals, with the assistance of EBRSO, charging them with offenses related to guns, drugs, and even gang activities.

Despite that, so far this year, there is an 83% increase in homicides compared to this point in time last year.

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