After a five-shooting weekend, Baton Rouge police seek suspects and answers

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BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) — Leaders in Louisiana’s capital city will meet Tuesday night to discuss next steps, after a weekend that saw five shootings, more than a dozen injuries — and no related arrests.

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome and Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul will join community activists at 6 p.m. Tuesday inside the public library on Goodwood Blvd.

“City-parish officials will provide a briefing on current and future plans around violence prevention, as well as facilitate an open community discussion to drive immediate solutions for Summer 2019 and going forward,” Broome’s office said in a news release. “The goal is to walk away with action steps to increase the peace in our community.

The weekend’s first shooting was Friday night at roughly 10:45 p.m. on Jasper Ave., according to the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office. Three people were shot: one in the hand, another in the leg ankle and a third in the ankle.

A second shooting happened minutes later near Tigerland. A victim was shot while trying to stop a car theft.

More shots fired hours later inside the Stadium Ultralounge & Bar on Florida Blvd. The gunfire left seven people hurt, including two with life-threatening wounds.

A fourth shooting happened Saturday at around 9 p.m., near the Mall of Louisiana. A 14-year-old girl was shot in the pelvic area outside the AMC theater parking lot. She escaped to a nearby Dick’s Sporting Goods, where first responders found her.

The final shooting of the weekend was early Monday on Calumet Street. First responders took one person to the hospital.

“It was a busy weekend for us,” BRPD spokesman Sgt. Don Coppola told BRProud.com outside the department headquarters Monday. “It’s a busy we don’t like to see.”

Coppola said this past weekend differed from what has otherwise been a less violent year, compared to 2017 and 2018.

“We have community programs going on, outreach programs,” he said. “They’re a contributing factor to the quieter trends. We want to keep that going.”

The Baton Rouge Police Department urges anyone with information on any of the weekend’s shootings to call Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-STOP or email CrimeStoppersBR.com. All tips are anonymous.

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