Single mom shot dead in Beauregard Town, child injured


POSTED: Friday, September 24, 2010 - 6:01pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 2:38pm

An early morning shooting resulted in the death of 42-year-old single mother Alexandra Engler in downtown Baton Rouge.

The Baton Rouge Police Detectives say the woman was found shot to death inside her home located in Beauregard town, and her daughter, Arianna, was found suffering multiple gunshot wounds inside the rear portion of the home. Even with her extensive wounds, she managed to call 911 for help.

Neighbors say Arianna is only nine-years-old and is currently being treated at an area hospital. Officials say that she is expected to recover. Arianna's grandmother lives out of state and is currently in route to Baton Rouge.

The incident comes as a shock to residents who say “This is happening two blocks away from the headquarters.”

“We have people speeding through the streets, shootings all over the neighborhood, and y’all don’t give a damn until somebody gets killed,” Chuck Brady, a Beauregard Town resident said to Baton Rouge Police Chief Jeff Leduff at the scene today.

Police Chief Leduff responded by saying that he understands his frustration, but he needs the help of the community.

“We need you to give us a call. This family needs you to give us a call. That little girl needs you to give us a call,” he said in regards to calling Crime Stoppers with information.

A resident located just three houses down from the scene reported a robbery at his home on Tuesday night. He said his computer and a gun were taken from his home. His fear is that it was the same suspects used his weapon for the attack.

Police are currently looking for two black males who were seen leaving the area on bicycles. Investigators are working through the night to find any information that will help them identify the suspects.

"We're going to catch these guys," Leduff, who was drentched in sweat from working the scene from morning till night, said.

Anyone with information on this incident is urged to contact the Homicide Division at 389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at 344-STOP. A $2,500 reward is being offered for any information that leads to an arrest. An additional $2,500 is also being offered by The St. Luke's Episcopal Community for information.

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