BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) –
The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office is identifying the shooting victim as 31-year-old Courtney Whitfield.
The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office at the scene of a shooting on Siegen Ln.
EBRSO says two suspects got out of a vehicle and shot two IHOP employees who were on their break.
One of those employees died from the injuries sustained in the shooting.
Video from the scene provided by a witness shows one of the shooting victims entering a vehicle and leaving the scene.
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That shooting victim tried to make it to a local hospital but called authorities on the way.
The two shooting suspects are on the loose and described this way:
- Black males
- One suspect was wearing a red and white facemask with a light jacket and red pants
- Dark hoodie and light or gray pants
EBRSO says the vehicle used by the suspects was a stolen vehicle out of Ascension Parish.
That vehicle was located on fire in the Stumberg and Jefferson area.
The search is on for the two suspects and anyone with information about this shooting is asked to call the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office at (225) 389-5000.
An IHOP Brand Spokesperson has released this statement with regards to the deadly shooting:
“We’re currently working with the franchisee and local team to better understand the details surrounding the tragic and senseless incident that occurred at the Baton Rouge IHOP today. For now, the priority is on taking care of the guests and team members who were there. The restaurant team is working closely with and assisting authorities to piece together the events that unfolded. The restaurant is currently closed pending an investigation. This is a heartbreaking situation and our thoughts at this time are with the individuals and the families of those involved. Counseling for team members who request it, is available”.