BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome and Baton Rouge Chief of Police Murphy Paul addressed recent violent crime and discussed public safety strategies Thursday afternoon at City Hall.
Local law enforcement responded to four overnight shootings, two of which police believe to be connected. Shootings took place on Voss Drive, Underwood Avenue, Azalea Park Avenue, and W. McKinley Street. Of these overnight shootings, one was left injured and one was killed.
Police continue investigating the Friday, Sept. 16 shooting death of LSU student Allison “Allie” Rice, 21, of Geismar on Government Street.
In the news conference, Mayor Broome said there has been an increase in crime in Baton Rouge in the last two weeks have seen. She said her administration is focused on addressing crime through collaboration with local law enforcement and community groups dedicated to reducing crime.
She said work being done to reduce crime includes enforcing laws, investigating gun-involved crimes and prosecuting and police officers focusing on street crimes where crime is high.
“We know we still have a ways to go towards victory,” said Broome.
Chief of Police Murphy Paul gave an update on strategy, saying law enforcement is working hard to reduce crime with a “holistic” approach. He said help from community programs has resulted in a reduction in crime.
Paul said he promises that “a stone has not been unturned” as detectives continue investigating open cases. He said arrests are being made daily.
The Baton Rouge Police Department addressed rumors surrounding Allison Rice’s death, stating that there’s “zero indication” that she was targeted. Paul said detectives are following up on every lead in the case. He asks the community to lift her family up in prayer.
A reward for a Crime Stoppers tip leading to the arrest and indictment of the suspect accused of killing Rice is now at $37,500. The first $10,000 was put up by The Shed, the restaurant Rice worked at.
Paul confirms that there are gangs in Baton Rouge. He said the gang members he speaks of self-identify themselves online.
Anyone with information that could help detectives are urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 225-344-7867.