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Members of the Baton Rouge Police Department, including the special response team, investigate the scene in this file photo.

A 48-year-old woman was fatally shot early Thursday on East Washington Street, just a few blocks west of Baton Rouge's City-Brooks Community Park, said Baton Rouge police spokesman Sgt. L'Jean McKneely. 

Sabrina Collins was found dead inside a house in the 1300 block of East Washington Street about 12:30 a.m. Thursday, McKneely said. She was shot multiple times. 

McKneely said there is no known motive or suspect as of Thursday afternoon, and would not say if the shooting was domestic related. 

Neighbor Christopher Honore said on Thursday afternoon that he and his wife didn't hear anything the night before, despite being awake at the time of the shooting.

"I don't understand how that happened," Honore said, confused how it occurred inside a home. "It's sad."

But he said the area is not free from such violence, remembering other homicides that occurred recently in the neighborhood. Alton Sterling's cousin, Antonio Sterling, was shot and killed in a car that was then set on fire in April on Arkansas Street, about three blocks from Thursday's shooting. 

This killing marks the fifth homicide already this month in the city of Baton Rouge — leaving five people dead in only eight days. The spike follows a period of relative peace as the homicide rate has fallen over the past few months. 

McKneely asked anyone with information on the shooting to contact the Violent Crimes Unit at 389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at 344-7867.

Compiled from staff reports. To contact a crime reporter at The Advocate, email policereporters@theadvocate.com or call (225) 388-0369.