Baton Rouge shooting near Southern University leaves 11 injured, 2 arrested on additional charges


Two people have been arrested in connection with a shooting that injured 11 people early Friday near Louisiana Southern University as part of a “very fluid” investigation, police said.

The shooting happened just before 2 a.m. at an address outside one of the university gates in Baton Rogue, police said. The location is an off-campus fraternity house that was hosting a homecoming week party at the time, CNN affiliate WAFB reported.

Nine people were initially reported with non-life threatening gunshot wounds; As of Friday night, two other people who were injured in the shooting had come forward, Baton Rouge Police Deputy Chief Myron Daniels said, without specifying the conditions of the two.

Two people have been arrested in connection with the investigation into the shooting, police said. Daniels said at a press conference Friday night that the two were charged with attempted first-degree murder and unlawful use of a weapon or dangerous instrument.

Daniels, who did not take questions, did not clarify what they were accused of doing or whether police were looking for anyone accused of firing the shots. The investigation was “ongoing and very light,” he said, adding that more information would be forthcoming.

“We have something we need to follow up on,” said the chief deputy.

Investigators, however, “believe this to be an isolated incident” and “there is no ongoing threat on the Southern University campus,” Daniels said.

Police have not released a motive for the shooting.

The shooting happened “at a university-sponsored event off campus,” and “we are keeping anyone affected by this incident in our thoughts,” the university historically wrote.

Officials “continue to ensure that students, staff, alumni and other campus visitors are safe this homecoming weekend,” the university’s statement said.