State employees warned of vandalism caused by gunfire at office complex overnight
BATON ROUGE – State workers at the highway headquarters across the street from the governor's mansion were alerted to overnight vandalism.
In an email Wednesday morning, the head of the Department of Transportation wrote to employees that windows appeared to have been shattered by bullets from the eastern side of the building. The DOTD headquarters is off I-110 just west of Memorial Stadium. Bullets were fired from gunman presumably between the office complex and the stadium. The two facilities are separated by a large state worker parking lot, large train yard and grassy area nearest the stadium.
“I write to reassure employees that the leadership of DOTD is paying attention to this and is taking steps to be sure that you were safe when you are on this property. I would ask that each employee take precaution that if you see something say something and to be alert as you enter and exit the property, especially after hours or on weekends,” head of DOTD, Shawn Wilson, wrote in an email obtained by WBRZ. The email was circulated to DOTD employees at the Capitol Access campus.
It was not immediately clear of any precautions taken at the neighboring Governor's Mansion.
Investigators with the Department of Public Safety were at the DOTD office complex Wednesday investigating the shooting incident.
A similar incident occurred last year, a spokesperson said.
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