Woman Arrested for Involvement in Drive-By Shooting

The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office has arrested Keondra McDowell, 19, of Baton Rouge for her alleged role in a drive-by shooting recently, where a home filled with children was struck by gunfire.

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Keondra McDowell

According to reports, McDowell was involved in an altercation with another female in the 7500 block of Governor Blanchard Drive on August 30th. Shortly after the fight, an unknown black male subject brandished a weapon, referred to as an “assault rifle” near McDowell’s vehicle. The man fired approximately 15 shots from the weapon, some of which struck a nearby home with 5 children inside at the time. No one was struck by the gunfire.

The shooter and McDowell fled the scene in her vehicle, a gold Honda Accord. Deputies later located the vehicle and observed several spent shell casings in plain sight.

McDowell was taken into custody at some point, which is not clear in the report, however, the male suspect was not located. During questioning, McDowell told investigators that she did not know who was shooting after the fight. She was also uncooperative in providing any information about the male believed to have been the shooter.

Detectives charged McDowell with Principal to Attempted 1st Degree Murder (5 counts), Principal to Aggravated Damage to Property and Principal to Assault by Drive-By Shooting. She was transported to EBR Parish Prison where she is currently being held in lieu of a $65,000 bond.