Update, 8:50 a.m. Wednesday

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested and charged with negligent injuring and juvenile in possession of a firearm.

Baton Rouge police said the shooting actually occurred in the 5000 block of Florida Street as the boy, who was sitting in the rear seat of the car, accidentally fired the handgun while holding it.

The victim's condition has improved from critical to stable.

Original story

A 19-year-old woman who was shot and critically wounded was found Tuesday night by Baton Rouge police at Waffle House on College Drive.

Cpl. Don Coppola, a Baton Rouge police spokesman, said officers learned about the shooting from a caller around 5:30 p.m., and when they arrived at the restaurant, they found the wounded woman outside.

Investigators do not believe the shooting took place at the restaurant, Coppola said.

“It is believed the shooting occurred in a vehicle,” Coppola said, possibly at another location.

Coppola said the woman’s injuries appeared to be life-threatening, and she was taken to a hospital. As of late Tuesday evening, the victim was in stable condition, he said.

Detectives focused their investigation on a blue Toyota Camry parked in the middle of the restaurant’s parking lot. On the ground next to the opened door at the front passenger seat was a small pile of clothes.

Investigators later recovered a revolver from behind a dumpster near the restaurant.

A young man at the scene spoke briefly with police. Also, a boy and an infant were both held in separate police vehicles while detectives investigated the scene.

Michael Brigalia, who was eating at Waffle House on Tuesday afternoon, said he saw the blue car race into the parking lot and come to a screeching halt next to the restaurant.

Though the Bankers Avenue side of the parking lot was roped off, patrons continued to visit the restaurant.

The investigation is ongoing, Coppola said Tuesday evening.

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