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Witnesses says shooting sounded like war zone

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BATON ROUGE - One man said a shootout that started on Georgia Street last night sounded like a military gun battle.

Many people told News 2 they scrambled for cover when the shooting started around 9:20 p.m. Thursday. Witnesses said there were so many shots, it was hard to determine where they were being fired from.

Investigators said Christopher Fountain, 29, was hit during the shooting and later died from his injuries.  Two other men, one 18 and the other 47, were also shot.  Police have not released their names, and said they were still in the hospital this afternoon.

Detectives said they've determined two cars were involved in the shootout. One was found near the intersection of Buchanan and Thomas Delpit, while the other was found near the Leo Butler Center on Washington Street.

Metro Council Member Tara Wicker says there are plans to expand the BRAVE law enforcement program from the 70805 zip code to the Old South Baton Rouge neighborhood, where the shooting took place.

"The timing of it could not be more perfect," she said. "We need that intense effort."

Police asked anyone with information about this crime to call the BRPD Homicide Division at (225) 389-4869.

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