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Neighborhood appalled at latest shooting

4 years 10 months 4 weeks ago Thursday, March 26 2015 Mar 26, 2015 March 26, 2015 4:57 PM March 26, 2015 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Jessica LeBlanc

BATON ROUGE - Police are looking for answers after a woman was found shot in a Baton Rouge auto body store parking lot Thursday.

Investigators identified the victim as Jemina Williams, 34.  She was shot multiple times.  Investigators believe the shooting happened around 8 a.m. in the 2600 block of North Street.

"From my understanding it was someone possibly coming to work that had made the initial call," said Cpl. Don Coppola, Jr. with the Baton Rouge Police Department.

Ray Higginbotham lives next to the lot where the body was discovered. He said this is one of several recent shootings in his neighborhood.

"The murders is just getting too senseless and I'm just not understanding. It's got me all confused and messed up," he said.

A crowd gathered to watch police as they worked the crime scene Thursday morning. Witnesses said the victim was found partially clothed, and they were appalled to see another sign of violence where they live and work.

"Anybody who would mutilate and shoot and kill a young woman in our area, you know, and just be able to walk away freely, gunshots to be fired and they not be investigated until this morning, I think it's suspicious," said Shenika Phillips, who also lives in the area.

The murder happened in Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle's neighborhood. She said the situation saddens her.

"It just leads me back to the same thing, what are our mindsets to kill one another?" she told News 2.

Police have not named a suspect or given any possible motives for the shooting. Anyone with information should call the Violent Crimes Unit at (225) 389-4869.

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