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Witnesses recall hearing shootout

3 years 6 months 4 weeks ago October 25, 2013 Oct 25, 2013 Friday, October 25 2013 October 25, 2013 4:17 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Troy Gaulden

BATON ROUGE - A woman's car is now evidence in the investigation of a shootout near the LSU campus early Friday which put a man in the hospital.

Bullets from the shooting near the Edward Gay Apartments shattered Latasha Williams' window and damaged her roof.

"It was haywire, I mean gunshots ringing out, and then this morning I got up to damage to my car. There's bullet holes everywhere," Williams said.

Baton Rouge Police said the shooting on West Roosevelt Street involved two men firing at each other. Police said 23-year-old Adonis Forbes was hit and taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. 

Witnesses who spoke to News 2 said they heard about 20 shots during the firefight.

"Fifteen were going one way and five or four went the other way. I knew it wasn't good. I felt really eerie," one witness said.

Williams said she's relieved bullets didn't go into any of the nearby homes.

"I was really scared, because when all the commotion went on, you know, I didn't know what was going on. I just heard the noise, but it's just awful," she said.

The shots fired near campus caused LSU Police to send out an emergency alert text message. Students we spoke with said they got the alert 30 minutes after hearing gun shots.

"I kind of thought, you know, it's too late by now. It's kind of done. I wish it would have went out a little earlier," one student said.

LSU Police told News 2 they have to make sure information is correct before pushing 'send' on an emergency alert.

"We have to balance timeliness as well as the accuracy of the information," said LSU Police Capt.Cory Lalonde. "If you have inaccurate information and you send it out too quickly, with that inaccurate information it can cause more issues."

Baton Rouge Police have no information on the other shooter. If you know anything, contact the Violent Crimes Unit at (225) 389-4869.

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