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Police: 12 people shot inside nightclub off College Drive early Sunday morning
BATON ROUGE - Twelve people were hospitalized after a gunfire erupted inside a nightclub off College Drive early Sunday morning in what police call a "targeted attack."
According to the Baton Rouge Police Department, the shooting happened around 1:30 a.m. at Dior Bar & Lounge on Bennington Avenue, just off College Drive. The victims were shot while inside the club.
Authorities confirmed five victims were transported to the hospital by EMS, while four others arrived in personal vehicles. Police said nine of the victims have non-life-threatening injuries and three are in critical condition. No deaths have been reported.
Sources told WBRZ an artist that was performing the night of the shooting, DJ Revv, was shot in the spine and is unable to walk. He was not the intended target.
WBRZ learned another person was shot in the head, but is expected to be okay.
“At this point, we can say it's believed to be a targeted attack, Baton Rouge Police Lt. Bryan Ballard said. Investigators are looking for a single person believed to be responsible.
They are working to determine the type of weapon used in the shooting.
The incident in Baton Rouge happened within minutes of another shooting in Monterey Park, California, that left 10 people dead and another 10 injured.
Ahead of the shooting, Dior Bar & Lounge had been advertising a "back to college" themed live show, set to run from 9 p.m. Saturday until 2 a.m. Sunday.
Sunday afternoon, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome released the following statement condemning the "senseless act of violence":
The shooting that happened overnight at a local venue was a senseless act of violence that will not go unchecked.
I personally joined Chief Paul and members of the BRPD team overnight at the hospital.
Law enforcement is actively investigating the case to bring the perpetrators to justice. BRPD will be sharing more information today.
This is a sad event after our community has continuously worked to interrupt violence.
All of our public safety teams are activated at this time. I have requested several community organizations reach out and provide victims and their families with necessary services, and ongoing supports to help ensure there are no retaliations from this event.
We will not stop our work until everyone feels safe and individuals no longer turn to guns to resolve their differences.
Please join me in praying for the victims and their families.
If you have information about last night’s incident, please contact crime stoppers right away.
As of Monday morning, the BRPD said the investigation was still ongoing.
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