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Police: River Rd. drive-by that killed child was a targeted attack

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BATON ROUGE - A man and his 5-year-old nephew were killed after their car was fired upon along the levee near LSU's campus Friday night.

Baton Rouge Police said the shooting was reported around 6 p.m. on River Road near Gourrier Avenue. According to a BRPD spokesperson, a vehicle pulled up alongside the victims' car on the highway and opened fire on the four occupants inside.

Michael Riley, 22, died at the scene, and a boy was rushed to a hospital. That child, identified Saturday as 5-year-old Carson Riley, was later pronounced dead at a hospital. 

Both victims were in the backseat of the car. 

At a news conference Monday, police said it appears the shooting was a targeted attack.  In all, eight people were inside the vehicle fired upon.  Half were children, ages 6, the 5-year-old who died, a three-year-old and a one-year-old.

A massive police presence gathered in the area of the incident, blocking off the roadway for hours and investigating the bullet-riddled vehicle, which was left in a grassy area along the levee. 

"We were freaking out. We didn't know what was going on," said Patrick Garrett, who lives nearby. "It was like 15-shots rattled off. It was a good amount."

Police have not released any other information on a potential suspect. 


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