BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – A four-year-old girl is recovering after being shot and advocates against gun violence say the shootings are getting out of hand.
The shooting happened Sunday night near Airline Highway and Greenwell Springs Road.
Baton Rouge Police said the child’s injuries are non-life-threatening and she is expected to survive.
This shooting victim is the third innocent child to be shot in less than a year’s timespan and the prior two were fatal.
“One is too many and like I said this is believed to be a senseless act of violence, but besides the youth human life alone, one is too many,” said Baton Rouge Police Department’s spokesperson Don Coppola.
Advocates against gun violence say these acts of violence are becoming a lot and it’s now affecting too many children.
“This is something we need to hurry up and get a handle on,” said Executive Director of Baton Rouge Community Street Team Sateria Tate-Alexander.
In 2020, Baton Rouge saw its most violent year on record and according to those tracking the numbers, it’s not slowing down.
“We have the capacity to do better than that. I think we have the capacity to prevent these types of things from occurring in our community,” said Tate-Alexander.
People like Tate-Alexander are hoping to end violence, but she said no one can do it alone.
“Come on y ‘all, put these guns down. You know somebody that’s doing something they’re not supposed to be doing with these guns, say something to them, say something to us. Whatever you do, don’t be a bystander,” said Tate-Alexander.