BATON ROUGE, La. — Police in Louisiana’s capital metropolis have arrested two individuals for a mass shooting that left 12 others wounded at a nightclub in January.
Two 19-year-olds, Nikeal Franklin and Jy’Shaun Jackson, had been arrested Friday, the Baton Rouge Police Division stated. Franklin was charged with 12 counts of tried first-degree homicide whereas Jackson was charged with 12 counts of principal to tried first-degree homicide.
On Jan. 22, pictures rang out round 1:30 a.m. within the Dior Bar & Lounge in Baton Rouge. A dozen individuals had been injured, and most sustained non-life-threatening accidents. Three victims had been initially listed in important situation, however their situations later improved.
Police stated they consider the capturing was not a random act of violence and that it was “focused.” Sgt. L’Jean McKneely Jr., a police spokesman, informed The Related Press within the days following the capturing that investigators believed the capturing was focused at one partygoer and that bystanders had been damage within the course of.
Earlier than the capturing, the nightclub had marketed a Southern College and Louisiana State College-themed occasion as the 2 colleges kicked off new semesters. Spokespeople for each LSU and Southern College informed The Advocate that the occasion on the membership that night in Baton Rouge was not affiliated with both college.
In a social media put up Friday, police stated the investigation was ongoing and didn’t launch any particulars past an announcement of the arrests.
Though the variety of homicides in Baton Rouge decreased final 12 months from 2021, Louisiana’s capital metropolis has been affected by gun violence. In October, an early-morning capturing close to Southern College’s campus in Baton Rouge left 9 individuals injured.
The Baton Rouge capturing occurred simply hours after a gunman killed 11 people and wounded nine others at a Lunar New 12 months celebration in Monterey Park, California.