Just got a confirmed report that there was a firefight in downtown Baton Rouge. Don't know the circumstances but BRPD has the scene secured. BR government employees have been sent home and SWAT has been deployed.
Heard it here too. I'm at LSU. Heard about looting going on in downtown too, but nothing confirmed. The doors to my building have been locked.
A local lady told me she has a friend in BR. She said refugees have been coming in by the hundreds. God bless them, they need a place to go. However, she stated further that there is wide-spread looting there & the police have been swamped with calls, can't respond to all. Apparently, the leo she talked to asked if there was a firearm in the house in hopes that the family could defend itself. Does this sound like an accurate scenario to you? May God bless.
Media and BRPD trying to play off the reports ar rumors and paranoia. But FWIW, here's an email i got at work.
" There have been confirmed reports of civil unrest in the Baton Rouge
area this morning. These incidents appear to be confined to specific areas
in the downtown Baton Rouge area and specific locations around the
community. At this time, local law enforcement are reported to have the
situation contained. To insure safety, we have instructed that all
buildings on campus be locked and we ask that occupants remain indoors. We
are confident in the security procedures of LSU Public Safety and these
actions will permit their timely response to any incidents that may occur
on our campus.
This is a trying time for all of us in the affected areas and beyond.
Our efforts now center on safety and recovery. We are primarily concerned
with the safety and well being of the LSU community and we urge that safe
choices be made. For those on campus who would feel more secure in their
homes, we urge that you leave campus in an orderly fashion. Please be
aware that these incidents of unrest in the community make travel an
unknown risk at this time. Permitting time for the law enforcement
personnel to work through these challenges will likely improve the security
outlook in the near term.
Above all else, think through the choices being considered to assure
Take care guys and keep you families safe.