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Authorities investigating fatal incident involving vehicle with bullet holes on I-10 West and Essen

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BATON ROUGE - On Sunday (March 7) night, representatives with the Baton Rouge Police Department were dispatched to the 4500 block of Essen Lane around 7:20 p.m. in response to reports of gunfire hitting a vehicle.

Police say that upon arriving at the scene of the crash, they discovered a 17-year-old named Joseph Coleman suffering from apparent gunshot wounds as he sat in the driver’s seat of a Honda Accord.

According to authorities, Coleman succumbed to his injuries at the scene of the incident.

The teen was not alone in the vehicle, police say, adding that a 20-year-old male passenger was also in the Honda. Authorities confirmed that the passenger did not sustain any injuries.

BRPD Detectives say their investigation into the shooting remains ongoing.

Anyone with any information is urged to contact the Violent Crimes Unit at 389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at 344-7867.

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