BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Baton Rouge Police say a shooting early Sunday morning at a club that injured 12 people was a targeted attack.

A dozen people continue to recover after a shooting at a nightclub called Dior.

Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul says three officers were in the parking lot when the shooting happened. He credits the officers for keeping things from getting worse.

“Those police officers immediately responded to the threat, and we believe their immediate response prevented further injuries,” Chief Paul said.

The victims were taken to local hospitals either by personal vehicle or EMS. Authorities say three of the victims suffered life-threatening injuries.

Lieutenant Bryan Ballard, Commander of BRPD’s Homicide Division said, “At this point, we can say that it is believed to be a targeted attack and that, no, this was not just a random act of someone showing up and randomly shooting citizens of Baton Rouge. At this point, like the chief said, we have detectives in the field following up on all leads.”

Community members say the shooting has triggered numerous concerns.

One such local, Melvin Heard, told BRProud, “This one is not so close to our neighborhood. This one is in more of a cleaner and fresher and more ‘going-by-the-rules’ environment and to hear that inside of a club they are shooting. This is mind-blowing… it’s scary.”

Deputy Chief Myron Daniels says the club owner is cooperating with officials and that Alcohol Beverage and Control will also launch an investigation into the incident.

“Some of the items that they will be looking into will be the security breach that occurred from the private security that was working at the event,” said Daniels.

If you know anything about the incident, please call Crime Stoppers at 225-344-7867 (STOP).