Neighbors: Drive-by shooting left toddler covered in blood
BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Police are investigating a drive-by shooting that left a toddler covered in blood and police with their hands tied.
A two-year-old boy was raced to the emergency room last night, injured by shards of glass from a car window that was shot out.
Police say it happened in the 2500 block of Laurel Street around the intersection of North 25th and Florida Blvd.
Detectives tell us the mother, another woman and several children pulled into a hospital begging for help claiming to have escaped gunfire.
They told police they had no idea why the car was shot at, which gave investigators little to go on.
Neighbors who live nearby say a man was driving the car at the time of the shooting, and the gunman was after him.
"I hear the guy in the car robbed somebody so they came back and shot him up," said area resident Amy Sells. "That poor baby could have been shot, killed, anything."
Police say without help from the public on cases like this they are left with their hands tied.
"That's the kind of information we need," said L'Jean McKneely, BRPD Spokesperson. "We're asking for individuals who know information to come forward on what led to this shooting so we can further our investigation."
Police have no leads yet on the cause or identity of the shooter.