Baton Rouge experiences violent weekend, residents concerned

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POSTED: Monday, February 6, 2012 - 7:34pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, February 7, 2012 - 7:13pm

Another violent weekend rocks the Capitol City area. Two people dead and three injured, and tonight, crime investigators are still busy looking for suspects.

It stems from four different shootings.

On Friday, Baton Rouge Metro Council member Chandler Loupe's son was shot in the chest. Baton Rouge police say it happened after a possible drug deal.

Then, at Am-Mart Seafood on Highland in Baton Rouge, two people were injured in a shooting there after an argument on Saturday.

Meanwhile, in Addis, one person is dead after a shooting at Main and Fourth on Saturday afternoon.

Then, police say 19 year-old Justin Weideman was shot and killed early Sunday morning at the new Port Villa apartments on La Annie Drive.

People in several neighborhoods are trying to figure out how to make the violence stop. People we spoke with today say they're not sure what more can be done in East Baton Rouge Parish when it comes to violent crime. Many others we spoke with say they're still afraid to simply walk outside at night.

According to the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office, the number of murders this year is higher than the number this same time last year. The coroner's office says the city-parish has had 11 murders so far this year, compared to eight between January 1 and February 6, 2011.

Tonight on NBC33 News at 10, we'll hear from Baton Rouge Council members and Mayor Holden about the violent weekend.

We’ll get their reaction to the shootings hitting close to home, and what they think can be done to get it under control.

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