BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Seven fatal shootings have been reported by Baton Rouge Police Department in the past week with the latest deadly shooting happening on Thursday night near Florida Boulevard.
BRPD Chief Murphy Paul said the recent gun violence is “not the norm,” during a Friday news conference, adding that all shootings are under investigation and most shootings were sparked by arguments.
“We will continue building our cases and you will continue to see us, and yes, when we arrest you and you get out of jail, you’re going to see us again,” said Paul.
When and where recent deadly shootings have happened
- May 18: A shooting victim was found dead in a parking garage on Highland Road.
- May 21: A 52-year-old was found shot to death on Tuscarora Street.
- May 21: One man was reportedly killed in a late-night shooting on Province Place after a fight.
- May 22: The victim was found shot to death and another was injured after a fight on W. McKinley Street.
- May 22: A man was found shot to death while in his car on Gus Young Avenue and N. Acadian Thruway.
- May 23: A man was found shot and killed after a fight with another person on Wilmot Street.
- May 25: The shooting victim was found shot to death on Robbie Avenue near Florida Boulevard.
What help is available
After last weekend’s rash of gun violence, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome released a statement on Monday saying she was “disturbed and saddened.”
“We will not rest until we have addressed the root causes of gun violence and put an end to these senseless acts,” said Broome. “I implore anyone with information about these shootings to come forward and assist law enforcement in their investigations.”
Paul urged residents to seek resources like the Bridge Center for Hope, an organization dedicated to helping those in crisis. Other resources Paul mentioned are When You Are Ready, Truce BR and the Baton Rouge Community Street Team. He said all of these organizations can help de-escalate situations before they lead to violence.
One way the city addresses violent crime is through the Summer of Hope, a community-led campaign. The initiative focuses on areas of high crime in Baton Rouge with a series of events during the summer months. Events include community meetings and fun activities. Click here for more.
Anyone with information about recent shootings can submit anonymous tips through Crime Stoppers. Click here to submit a tip or call 225-344-7867.