A woman was found dead from suspected gunshot wounds at a Tigerland apartment complex Friday morning, the latest homicide to occur in a neighborhood that has long raised concerns about increased crime rates. 

Crews responded to the Tiger Plaza apartment complex at 4445 Alvin Dark Drive around 9:30 a.m., according to East Baton Rouge Emergency Medical Services spokesperson Mike Chustz. Baton Rouge Police later identified the victim as Pauliqua Evans, 22. She was pronounced dead on the scene. 

Now the East Baton Rouge district attorney is considering legal action against the complex's owner, citing a long list of calls for service at that address prior to the reported shooting Friday. 

Officials didn't say when the shooting likely occurred. Police are investigating the death as a homicide, and officers suspect the victim died from gunshot wounds, Baton Rouge police spokesperson Sgt. L'Jean McKneely Jr. said.

This marks the second recent fatal shooting in Tigerland, a cluster of apartment complexes near the LSU campus that were built decades ago catering to students. But many of the buildings have since deteriorated as students have gravitated toward newer complexes outside the area. An uptick in crime has accompanied those changes.

Both local law enforcement and LSU leaders have struggled with questions about Tigerland's future, since students still flock to the cluster of bars at its entrance.

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A Baton Rouge judge recently declared one Tigerland complex a nuisance, citing a high volume of police calls to that address, including the recent deadly interaction between police and a domestic violence suspect in which officers killed the man after he brandished a gun.

That declaration came after the East Baton Rouge District Attorney's Office asked the court to intervene and order the premises closed if the owner refused to clean up the complex, which was also the scene of a double homicide last fall.

District Attorney Hillar Moore III said the Tiger Plaza complex is also on his radar as a location with numerous calls for service over the past several months. He said he's considering pursuing similar action against the owner of that property too.

Not long before the shooting victim was found dead Friday morning, another woman was shot in the neck in the 1700 block of Cedar Lake Drive, which is off Staring Lane.

That shooting was reported around 8 a.m. and the victim was transported to the hospital. No additional details on her condition were immediately available. 


Email Lea Skene at lskene@theadvocate.com.