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Shooting at Louisiana nightclub: 12 people injured, 1 in critical condition

World NewsShooting at Louisiana nightclub: 12 people injured, 1 in critical condition

A dozen people were injured in a shooting at a Baton Rouge nightclub, authorities in Louisiana said Sunday. The condition of one of the victims is critical, police said. No arrests have been made, but police believe the early morning attack was “targeted”.

“This was not a random act of violence, based on initial investigative efforts,” Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul said at a news conference Sunday afternoon. “We believe this was a targeted incident, where someone was specifically targeted and others were injured in the process.”

Three Baton Rouge police officers were nearby when shots were fired at 1:30 a.m. and they responded to Dyer Bar & Lounge. They administered life-saving aid until emergency medical technicians arrived.

“We believe their quick response prevented further injuries,” Paul said.

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Although police have some leads, police are urging anyone with information about the shooting to come forward.

“Someone who knows something – do the right thing. You can save the next incident because it’s obvious that this person’s life has been completely disregarded,” Paul said.

Police did not say how many people were shot. Paul declined to comment on how many shooters opened fire.

“I understand anyone interested and wanting information, but remember … we have to get it right,” Paul said of the ongoing investigation. “And sometimes, getting it right means I can’t give the information right away.”

Baton Rouge Mayor Sharon Weston Broome – who met with mayors from other major U.S. cities last week in Washington, D.C., to discuss the crime problem – called the shooting a “senseless act of violence that will not be tested.”

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“We won’t stop until everyone feels safe and people don’t turn to guns to settle their differences,” Broom tweeted.

Although Baton Rouge saw a decrease in homicides last year from 2021, Louisiana’s capital continues to suffer from gun violence. In October, nine people were injured in an early morning shooting near the campus of Southern University in Baton Rouge.

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