Twelve people were shot dead in a living room on Bennington Avenue early Sunday morning and were taken to hospital, officials said.
The shooting happened at the Dior Bar and Lounge at 4619 Bennington Avenue near College Drive around 1:30 a.m., Sgt. The Jean McKneely Jr., police spokesman.
Greater Baton Rouge Emergency Services took five people to the hospital with injuries ranging from critical to stable, an EMS spokesperson said. The other seven victims were taken to hospital by private vehicles.
As of 10:15 a.m., the victims were all in stable condition, McKneely said.
“The shooting that occurred overnight at a local location was a senseless act of violence that will not go unnoticed,” Baton Rouge Mayor Sharon Weston Broome said in a statement Sunday.
Broome met with the mayors of other major US cities in Washington, DC last week to discuss the issue of crime.
“I personally joined Chief Paul and members of the BRPD team overnight at the hospital,” Broome said. “Law enforcement is actively investigating the case to bring the perpetrators to justice.”
McKneely of the police department said the motive for the shooting was not yet known. No arrests have been announced.
At the scene, there was a crime tape and a bloodstain on the sidewalk Sunday morning. A bar worker declined to comment.
“We will not stop our work until everyone feels safe and individuals turn to guns to resolve their differences,” Mayor Broome said. “Please join me in praying for the victims and their families.”
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Baton Rouge Police at (225) 389-4864 or Greater Baton Rouge Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.