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Three overnight shootings in 70805 area code further prove need for BRAVE program

Friday, May 18, 2012 - 10:10am

BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) — Another violent night in Baton Rouge after three separate shooting incidents sent three men to the hospital with life threatening injuries.

“There are no signs that indicate that these shootings are related,” Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, Baton Rouge Police Deparment, said.

This is the second time within the past week the city has seen multiple, unrelated shootings, and it all comes as law enforcement begins formulating a plan for its new crime fighting initiative.

The first incident happened at roughly 11:30 p.m. on East Brookstown Street. The Baton Rouge Police Department arrived on scene to find a man who had been shot several times. He was transported to a local hospital with life threatening injuries.

A couple hours later at around 1:17 a.m., another man was shot several times on Shelley Street. That man is also in the hospital with life threatening injuries.

Then, less than 20 minutes later, someone flagged down an officer and lead him to the scene of yet another shooting. This one happened at the corner of Prescott and N. Foster. We’re told the victim was robbed and shot. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he is suffering from life threatening injuries as well.

All three of these shootings occurred in 70805 area code, which will be the first area of focus for the new BRAVE program. It’s a program designed to reduce violence and is used in various high crime areas throughout the country. Although the program is still in the development phase, the Baton Rouge Police Department believes it will be the key to putting and end to this sort of violence.

“I believe that this program [the BRAVE program] will be effective,” Cpl. McKneely, said. “They are, at this point in time, formulating a plan to put boots on the ground in an effort to curb this type of violence.”

Officials say no motive has been determined in the first two cases. They are seeking a suspects for all three shootings, but need the community’s help to do so.

If you know anything about this incident call Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-STOP (7867). You can also text your tip to CRIMES (274637). Include CS225 at the beginning of your message.


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