‘Please pray, y’all’: Resident describes deadly shooting near Glen Oaks High School

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting at a residence on Avocado Drive that has left one dead and two injured.

The shooting happened just a block away from Glen Oaks High School.

Police said they were called out after a fight broke out at a home just before 3 p.m.

“This is a very nice neighborhood and a lot of good people here. And I’m sure they are disappointed and shocked that this is going on so it shows it can happen anywhere,” said East Baton Rouge District Attorney, Hillar Moore.

One of those shocked neighbors is Debra Simmon.

“The gunshots went off I was right here in the kitchen. They were so close, I was telling my old man, ‘Hit the deck, hit the deck’,” said Simmon.

Simmon said in her 40 years on Avocado Drive this has never happened before. She describes what the scene was like just moments after those shots rang out.

“The little boy who shot them was standing there. I went a little further and a lady was just sitting there holding her stomach, another lady was laying down in the street,” she said.

The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office said two people were injured and one is dead.

Moore was present at the scene and very upset.

“It gets very frustrating, you get pissed to tell you the truth,” Moore said. “This is a community-wide problem and a community-wide solution.”

Friday’s shooting adds on to this year’s record-breaking homicides. The East Baton Rouge Coroner’s Office reports 143 homicides as of October.

Simmon hopes her quiet neighborhood can heal from the tragedy.

“Please y’all pray. Stop the fighting, stop the shooting,” she said.

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