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Data indicates Tuesdays are the most dangerous in Baton Rouge

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BATON ROUGE- Data compiled by the Crime Strategies Unit and released during a presentation to the Baton Rouge Rotary Wednesday afternoon indicates that people are more likely to be shot or killed in the capital city on a Tuesday.

Tuesday of this week proved to be particularly violent with three shootings that left four injured. It started around 8:30 in the morning when investigators said David Reed shot a customer at the Circle K on Florida Boulevard. Then, detectives believe he shot another man on Convention Street after an occupant in the car he was in said he went on a "crack-induced binge." Later in the afternoon, two people were shot on Shelley Street in an unrelated shooting.

District Attorney Hillar Moore was the keynote speaker and delivered the statistics through a power point presentation.

"We've been seeing this for the past year or so, where Tuesdays for whatever day is a hot day," District Attorney Hillar Moore said. "We're not sure why. Sundays also picked up."

In addition to Tuesdays being problematic, so far, 70802 is the most dangerous zip code in the capital city with 15 homicides. That surpasses all of the other zip codes in the city so far. In recent years, 70805 was targeted by the BRAVE team, which was a crime-fighting initiative that no longer exists.

"They were always neck and neck and now 02 has popped up last year," Moore said. "This year, it's always been there neck and neck, but obviously we need to concentrate more there."

Despite the sobering stats, promising strides are being made by law enforcement. The overall murder rate this year is down compared to 2017's record-breaking year. The overall solve rate of murders in our city is 61-percent which is above the national average of a little more than a half.

"The main thing we are seeing is shots fired are down, and we believe that's from police and sheriff's doing their job," Moore said. "Us getting guns off the street when shots fired are down, murders are down."


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