Local school teacher killed in Thursday morning shooting
BATON ROUGE - Authorities say a man is dead after an early morning shooting.
The shooting was reported at 6:45 a.m. in the 1900 block of Mulberry Street. According to BRPD Chief Murphy Paul made the comment that "there are too many murders" in Baton Rouge.
Chief Murphy Paul telling me that the victim is “young”, in his early twenties.— Johnston vonSpringer (@johnstonvon) May 31, 2018
When I asked the Chief if he was frustrated with Baton Rouge’s latest killing his response, “there are too many murders” @WBRZ
The victim has been identified as 25-year-old Brent Batiste. Authorities say he was shot multiple times and found dead inside his car.
Family members say Batiste was a teacher at Scotlandville Middle Magnet School. He taught 8th grade science.
The East Baton Rouge Parish School System released statement after the shooting.
"The East Baton Rouge Parish School System is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Scotlandville Pre-Engineering Magnet Academy teacher Brent Batiste. Batiste began working for SPEMA in August of 2017 and was loved by many. Our school system will provide counseling and support to the school throughout the summer and when students return next school year. Batiste impacted many students in his short time with SPEMA. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time."
The motive for the shooting is unknown at this time. The investigation is ongoing, according to a release from authorities.
Anyone with information on this incident is urged to contact the Violent Crimes Unit at 389-4869.