Firefighters responded to a call at 4:42 a.m. Sunday, May 26, about a house fire on Shelley Street near Beechwood Drive. Crews arrived at the house to find it engulfed in flames. BRFD Public Information Officer Curt Monte said six residents were in the home at the time of the fire, but were able to get out.
BRPD says it seems the two brothers were playing with the weapon inside the home when it mistakenly discharged, killing the victim.
The fire started in the bedroom, which experienced much of the damage. Monte added that foul play is not suspected, and investigators are still determining the cause.
Later that morning, a call came in at 5:45 a.m. about a fire at a vacant warehouse on Harry Drive between Airline Highway and North Air Drive. According to BRFD, the building was began to collapse by the time firefighters arrived.
Four house trailers directly behind the warehouse were burned due to the intense heat, which displaced 12 residents. Firefighters extinguished the fire before it could spread. Crews brought out heavy equipment in order to douse hot spots after the building collapsed.
BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) – An 11-year-old boy was arrested following a shooting that killed his 9-year-old bother, according to a Sunday news release from the Baton Rouge Police Department.
The boy was arrested in connection with a May 25 shooting in the 3700 block of Lanier Drive. The shooting happened at around 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
Police said the 9-year-old was shot inside the home and died at the scene. His brother, the 11-year-old, was charged with negligent homicide.
Investigators believed the brothers were playing with a gun at the home on Lanier Drive. The weapon was somehow fired, killing one of the boys.
Police believe the shooting may be accidental. Investigators say at this time there is no indication that the parents will be charged in connection with the shooting.
East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore released the following statement after the shooting:
By law the 11-year-old could be held in the juvenile detention center until hes 18 years old, if convicted. Obviously this case is very tragic and sad so we will review everything before we make any determination.