Another weekend in Baton Rouge and another multitude of shooting incidents with 2 fatalities.
Saturday started out pretty violent with 2 shootings in less than 2 hours. The first incident resulted in the death of Charles Arnold, 29, of Denham Springs. Arnold was killed in a shooting at 2150 North Sherwood. His body was found inside a vehicle at that location.
A short time later, Denika Jacobs, 20, was shot and killed outside of her Underwood Avenue home. There are no motives and no suspects in either case, according to the BRPD.
Later Saturday night, another man was shot on Ozark Street. He escaped with non-life-threatening injuries, according to authorities.
The next day a female was transported to a local hospital with gunshot wounds following an incident on North Lobdell. Later Sunday night Police say another shooting incident on Monte Sano Avenue left a victim with non-life-threatening injuries.
Last weekend 4 people were shot and killed between Saturday and Sunday. The Baton Rouge Police Chief released this statement in the wake of the violence last weekend:
The four homicides in Baton Rouge over the past weekend is concerning to our entire community. Although investigators do not believe any of these recent incidents are related, our officers are working hard to maintain the decrease we have seen in homicides since 2017. I want to reassure the community that we are working diligently to solve and apprehend the ones responsible for these senseless acts. The Baton Rouge Police Department will continue to provide high visibility and constructive contact while patrolling the streets of Baton Rouge. In addition to allocating resources, we will have 26 officers graduate from the Field Training Program on December 9, 2019. This new allotment of officers will began patrolling in the areas where additional resources are needed. We are also beginning our 11th POST Academy class tomorrow. This class will consist of 10 individuals. We ask the public to continue to assist with solving violent crimes by contacting our Violent Crimes Unit at 389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at 344-7867.
This weekends violence brings the total homicides in Baton Rouge to 63.