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Authorities work the scene of a reported shooting outside the Mall of Louisiana, Saturday, June 29, 2019 in Baton Rouge, La. The scene spanned the area from Dick's Sporting Goods to the AMC Theater.

Baton Rouge's mayor and police chief have called for a community meeting Tuesday night to address a spike in gun violence that injured more than a dozen people in five unrelated shootings over the past four days. 

East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome has asked for residents from all walks of life, including youth and faith leaders and law enforcement, to come together to learn about the city's plan to prevent future violence and help find an "immediate solution for summer 2019 and going forward," a press release from Broome's office says. 

The meeting is scheduled at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Main Library on Goodwood Boulevard.

In recent days, Baton Rouge law enforcement officials have repeatedly called for community support to solve the shootings that injured 13 people since Friday; no one has been arrested in any of the five shootings. The violence over the weekend that included gunfire injuring seven people at a crowded Florida Boulevard nightclub on Saturday continued into Monday morning, when a 31-year-old man was injured on Plank Road. 

"Historically, certain types of crime have spiked in the summer months, but to those affected by crimes it doesn’t matter when they occur," Baton Rouge Police spokesman Sgt. Don Coppola Jr. wrote to members on the Nextdoor neighborhood social network. "We are adamant on stopping this and we ask again for your assistance."

No suspects have been named or arrests made in any of the shootings. Coppola said Monday morning that none of the shootings appear to be connected. 

The gun violence began Friday night, when three people were shot in an armed robbery on Jasper Avenue in the Gradere area. In a separate incident, one person was injured in a shooting near a Tigerland bar late Friday night. 

Then, early Saturday morning at a crowded Florida Boulevard nightclub, seven people were injured by gunfire when a shooting broke out inside the club, then moved outside. Shocking video of the incident surfaced on social media Saturday, but police have not identified any suspects.


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Saturday evening, a 14-year-old girl was wounded in a shooting in the parking lot of the movie theater near the Mall of Louisiana

And Monday morning, a 31-year-old man was injured in a shooting on Plank Road. Police say he is battling life-threatening injuries.

Coppola said police responded to the shooting just before 4 a.m. Monday to the 3000 block of Calumet Street where emergency responders transported the wounded man to the hospital. Detectives later determined the shooting occurred in the 3600 block of Plank Road, about two blocks from where the man was found.

None of the 13 people injured in the five shootings since Friday have died of their injuries. 

These injuries, however, came on the heels of one of the more deadly weeks in East Baton Rouge Parish: on Thursday, three people were killed in a shooting rampage by a victim's ex-boyfriend, officials have said. And the day before, on Wednesday, the body of an 18-year-old was found dumped in Perkins Road Park, his autopsy revealing he had been first shot in the head. 

"Any shooting is horrible and frankly it doesn’t matter to us where they occur in East Baton Rouge Parish, we’ve got to work together to stop this," Coppola wrote on Nextdoor. "If you see or hear something, say something."

Coppola reminded residents to call CrimeStoppers at 225-344-STOP (7867) or email www.crimestoppersbr.com with any anonymous tips. He also said residents can email the city police department at BRPDInfo@brla.gov or directly call the Violent Crimes Unit at 225-389-4869 with information.

"Our police officers and our detectives have worked tirelessly this year to reduce crime in Baton Rouge," Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul said in a statement Saturday. "I am confident the people we serve will do their part in helping us identify the persons responsible for these shootings."

Despite the recent rash of violence, homicides in the parish currently sit below prior years' counts, and officials hope they can prevent further killings with quick action. 

Email Grace Toohey at gtoohey@theadvocate.com.