Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome sought to calm fears and reassure residents on Wednesday that Baton Rouge is still safe, a day after three men were killed by gunfire in what was the deadliest day of 2017.
“The past few days have been a tragic time in our community and we are certainly concerned about the lives that were lost and the increase of homicides in our parish,” Broome said in a statement.
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“Anytime you have that number of individuals who are killed it’s certainly alarming," she continued. "Yet, I want the public to know that we will rise above such violence as citizens work together with law enforcement to end the senseless shootings that make our communities unsafe. The violence must stop.”
Tuesday's shootings all happened within several hours of each other.
Roosevelt “Honeybee” Florida, 53, was gunned down about 2 a.m. Tuesday in the 700 block of Mills Avenue in the Scotlandville area. Around 30 minutes later, 22-year-old Marcus Anthony Holmes was shot and killed on Maplewood Drive in the Glen Oaks neighborhood.
And at around noon on Tuesday, 19-year-old Terione Dominique Williams was shot and killed when he tried to rob a home on Glenlea Avenue at gunpoint.
Three people have been shot dead in Baton Rouge as of noon Tuesday.
Broome said more officers are patrolling each of the areas where Tuesday's shootings occurred.
It's been a violent week in Baton Rouge. On Monday, 25-year-old Tevin Gunter was shot and killed on Annette Street.
Despite the recent string of killings, Broome noted that crime has been decreasing in Baton Rouge. The number of homicides in the city in 2016 reached their lowest level in a decade, falling by 22 percent between 2015 and 2016.
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The four shootings on Monday and Tuesday are still under investigation. Individuals with information on the Maplewood Drive and Glenlea Avenue incidents should contact the Sheriff's Office. Those with information on the Mills Avenue and Annette Street shooting should contact Baton Rouge Police.