Shooting In Baton Rouge 2023

12 people shot at Baton Rouge night club Sunday morning, police say

Sharon Weston Broome called it ‘a senseless act of violence that will not go unchecked’

  • BY ELLYN COUVILLION and ELYSE CARMOSINO | Staff writers
  • Jan 22, 2023
  • Jan 22, 2023 Updated Jan 22, 2023

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Dior Bar & Lounge on Bennington Avenue was the scene of an overnight shooting that left at least 7 people injured on Sunday, January 22, 2023 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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Blood stains and a small section of police tape show the scene where at least seven people were injured in an overnight shooting at the Dior Bar & Lounge on Bennington Avenue on Sunday, January 22, 2023 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

  • STAFF PHOTO BY MICHAEL JOHNSON

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A small section of police tape remains on the scene where at least 7 people were injured in an overnight shooting at the Dior Bar & Lounge on Bennington Avenue on Sunday, January 22, 2023 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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A small section of police tape remains on the scene where at least seven people were injured following an overnight shooting at the Dior Bar & Lounge on Bennington Avenue on Sunday, January 22, 2023 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

  • STAFF PHOTO BY MICHAEL JOHNSON

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Latex gloves remain on the scene where at least 7 people were injured in an overnight shooting at the Dior Bar & Lounge on Bennington Avenue on Sunday, January 22, 2023 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

  • STAFF PHOTO BY MICHAEL JOHNSON

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Dior Bar & Lounge on Bennington Avenue was the scene of an overnight shooting that left at least 7 people injured on Sunday, January 22, 2023 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

  • STAFF PHOTO BY MICHAEL JOHNSON
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Crime scene tape lies outside Dior Bar and Lounge on Bennington Avenue, near College Drive. At least 7 people were wounded in a shooting early Sunday morning, police said.

  • John Ballance, The Advocate

Twelve people were shot inside a lounge on Bennington Avenue early Sunday morning and were brought to the hospital, officials said.

The shooting happened at the Dior Bar and Lounge at 4619 Bennington Avenue near College Drive around 1:30 a.m., said Sgt. L’Jean McKneely Jr., police spokesman.

Greater Baton Rouge Emergency Services brought five people to the hospital with injuries ranging from critical to stable, an EMS spokesperson said. The other seven victims were brought to the hospital by private vehicles.

By 10:15 a.m., the victims were all in stable condition, McKneely said.

“The shooting that happened overnight at a local venue was a senseless act of violence that will not go unchecked,” Baton Rouge Mayor Sharon Weston Broome said in a statement Sunday.

Broome met with mayors of other major U.S. cities in Washington, D.C. 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, with the police department, said the motive for the shootings is not yet known. An arrest has not been announced.

At the scene, there was crime tape and a bloodstain on the pavement Sunday morning. An employee at the bar declined to comment.

“We will not stop our work until everyone feels safe and individuals no longer turn to guns to resolve their differences,” Mayor Broome said. “Please join me in praying for the victims and their families.”

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Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Baton Rouge police at (225) 389-4864 or Greater Baton Rouge Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.