12 injured in 'targeted' nightclub shooting in Louisiana
Police believe that the attack was “targeted" and not a "random act of violence"
January 23, 2023 8:27am
Updated: January 23, 2023 10:54am
At least a dozen people were injured during a shooting at a nightclub in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, authorities said on Sunday.
Shots were fired at around 1:30 a.m. local time at the Dior Bar & Lounge in Baton Rouge. Three officers who were nearby responded to the incident and administered life-saving aid to the victims.
“We believe their immediate response prevented further injuries,” Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul said at a news conference Sunday afternoon.
All of the 12 victims were transported to the hospital, Baton Rouge Police Sgt. L’Jean McKneely Jr. said in a statement. Nine of the victims are expected to survive while three others suffered “life-threatening” wounds.
So far, no arrests have been made in relation to the incident. However, police believe that the attack was “targeted.” Police have not disclosed how many shooters opened fire and how many victims were targeted.
“This was not a random act of violence, based on the preliminary investigating efforts,” Paul added. “We believe that this was a targeted event, where someone was specifically targeted and others were injured in that process.”
Police are urging anyone with information about the shooting to inform them and help with the investigation.
“There is someone who knows something — do the right thing. You can save the next incident because it is obvious that this person has total disregard for life,” Paul said.
“We will not stop our work until everyone feels safe and individuals no longer turn to guns to resolve their differences,” Baton Rouge Mayor Sharon Weston Broome said in a tweet.