Allison Rice: Gang violence ruled out as motive in mysterious shooting of LSU student

Allison Rice: Gang violence ruled out as motive in mysterious shooting of LSU student

Police have said they have no indication the fatal shooting of Louisiana State University student Allison was the result of gang violence.

The Baton Rouge Police Department held a news conference Thursday about the killing of 21-year-old Rice, who was found shot to death inside her car on Government Street around 2 a.m. on Sept. 16.

“A lot of things are being looked at that I’m not going to go into right now. I understand that the rumor was that it was some kind of gang initiation and that it was a targeted attack. We have no indication that’s the case,” Chief Murphy Paul said.

The FBI, DEA and ATF have joined the investigation. Authorities believe Rice was shot multiple times while he was waiting for a train to pass by on his way home from a meeting with friends. A motive behind the attack has not been established.

The news conference to address rising crime in Baton Rouge came a day after the LSU marketing senior was laid to rest. His murder has shaken the community, with more than 500 people attending his funeral, his father Paul Rice told Fox News.

Although police have not found a connection between gang violence and Ms. Rice’s murder, the press was called in after law enforcement compiled troubling information about eight gangs currently operating in the city.

“This day, in particular, was selected yesterday, based on intelligence research, which suggests gun violence between specifically identified gangs is coming in our city,” Paul said.

FBI 2020 data shows that Baton Rouge is one of the cities with the highest homicide rates in Louisiana. According to World Population Review, the city had a total of 83 homicides in 2019, a homicide rate of 33.5 per 100,000 population, compared to the national homicide rate of five homicides per 100,000 population.

Baton Rouge Mayor Sharon Weston said Thursday that city officials “cannot turn a blind eye to continued offenses by the same groups of people.”

Allison Rice, 21 was killed on 16 September while she returned home froma .gathering with friends

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Allison Rice, 21, was killed on September 16 as she was returning home from a gathering with friends.

(Allison Rice/Facebook)

“My heart goes out to the family, loved ones and classmates of Allison Rice, a young LSU student who had her whole life ahead of her,” Ms. Weston said last week. “This senseless violence is completely unacceptable and Baton Rouge Police Officers are fully investigating to bring the perpetrator to justice.”

Rice told Fox News that police had finished processing her daughter’s car, which was riddled with bullets by the assailants. The front and driver’s side windows were completely shattered, she said.

Speaking about seeing her daughter’s face at the funeral on Wednesday, Rice told Fox: “She looked so peaceful and she had a little smile on her face. You could see that little smile on Allie’s. You look at her, it’s almost like she’s pretending to be asleep, and you’re expecting her to open her eyes at any moment.”

“You would never know that the girl had 10 bullet holes.”

On Monday, Mr. Rice said the independent that the police have not received any clues indicating that the attack was directed.

“From what we understand, his best decision right now is that it seems to be a stage in the wrong place at the wrong time,” he said.

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