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Wild shootout shows Baton Rouge 'crime problem', police announce arrests Thursday

6 months 2 weeks 1 day ago Sunday, May 10 2020 May 10, 2020 May 10, 2020 11:00 PM May 10, 2020 in News
Source: WBRZ Staff

BATON ROUGE - Two people were arrested for a gunfire exchange that injured a boy and four others Sunday.

Police said tips helped crack the case after video of the gunfight was seen on WBRZ.

"It takes the entire community to resolve the crime problem that we have," a Crime Stoppers representative said in a Facebook video Baton Rouge Police posted. It was during a quiet announcement about the arrests related to the high-profile Mother's Day shooting.

In the video where Crime Stoppers suggested a city crime problem, police said two people were arrested in the shooting that injured a 12-year-old boy and four others: Two men ages 19 and 30 and, two women ages 23 and 35. Police identified them as Javonta Broden and Desmond Rogers.

The department sent out a news release with information on the arrests about an hour after the announcement on social media.

Video obtained by WBRZ showed a 10-second wild shootout in a parking lot of Carlin's Food Market in the 2900 block of Plank Road Sunday (May 10).

Click here to see the full surveillance video

People are "sick and tired of the violence," the chief said in the video, produced by Baton Rouge Police which included no opportunity for reporters to ask follow-up questions. But, police said four of the five injured were released from the hospital, though, they provided no other information. 

All five people injured were store customers, police previously told WBRZ. Police never elaborated on the shooter's intended target but believe that some, if not all, were bystanders caught in the crossfire. Police have yet to release specific information about the arrests, and are hoping to release as little information as possible in a new policy change that slows the process of releasing sometimes critical information about public safety.

Baton Rouge Police have moved to slow down the process of making criminal arrests public in an effort to control how and when authorities release details of crimes and arrests.  

In a policy change, police have blocked the immediate release of court records that outline how and why a suspect was arrested.  Baton Rouge Police told the jail, a separate agency, to no longer release the information when requests are made, citing an Attorney General’s opinion on what legal documents could be protected from public view.

The police chief led the change, authorities said.

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