City members speak out amid Monday night's deadly shootings

BATON ROUGE, La (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) - BRPD officers had a long and busy Monday night as they respond to five separate shootings. According to Councilman Lamont Cole, there are many reasons why homicides continue to rise in Baton Rouge.

"The shootings are a direct result of systemic issues we have in this community," said Cole.

Two people are dead, and four others are wounded.

17 -year-old Armajae Smith was found dead near his home. Meanwhile, 22-year-old Craig Thomas was found in a parking lot next to his vehicle. Their deaths brings East Baton Rouge Parish to 76 homicides; which also brings 2017 closer to become the deadliest year since 2012.

"It's chaotic, it's epidemic," said State Representative C. Denise Marcelle.

Community activist Keon Preston said everyone needs to start speaking up.

"It's going to be a repeated cycle until people start speaking up," said Preston.

Anyone with information to Monday night's five shootings is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 344-STOP (7867)


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