LSU senior found shot dead in her car in Baton Rouge

Mystery as LSU senior found shot dead in her car in Baton Rouge: Vehicle riddled with bullets as police say they’re still looking for a suspect and a motive

  • Allison Rice, 21, of Geismar, was found dead inside her car around 2.30am on Friday on Government Street near railroad tracks 
  • Her car reportedly had six bullet holes in it and police are still looking for a suspect and a motive 
  • She is the 74th death in Baton Rouge this year – the city continues to have one of the highest homicide rates across the country
  • Rice had reportedly been out with friends prior to the shooting and got stuck behind a train only a few miles away from campus 
  • She reportedly attempted to make a U-turn and someone started shooting 
  • Rice was a senior marketing major at Louisiana State University and had been gearing up for an internship 

A Louisiana State University senior was found shot dead in her bullet-riddled car in Baton Rouge on Friday. 

Allison Rice, 21, of Geismar, was found inside her car around 2.30am on Friday on Government Street near railroad tracks. Her car reportedly had six bullet holes in it. 

Rice had reportedly been out with friends prior to the shooting and got stuck behind a train only a few miles away from campus when she attempted to make a U-turn and someone started shooting, according to WWLTV

A Government Street resident said the gunshots were muffled by the passing trains, but he was still awoken by the violent sound around 2.15am. 

‘The train, it sort of muffled out the shots, but you knew they were gunshots,’ the resident, who did not give his name, told The Advocate

Police have not identified a suspect or a motive for the shooting yet. 

Allison Rice, 21, of Geismar, was found dead inside her car around 2.30am on Friday on Government Street near railroad tracks. Her car reportedly had six bullet holes in it

Allison Rice, 21, of Geismar, was found dead inside her car around 2.30am on Friday on Government Street near railroad tracks. Her car reportedly had six bullet holes in it

Rice had been out with friends prior to the shooting and got stuck behind a train only a few miles away from campus when she attempted to make a U-turn and someone started shooting

Rice had been out with friends prior to the shooting and got stuck behind a train only a few miles away from campus when she attempted to make a U-turn and someone started shooting

Neighbor Floyd Normand told WWLTV that that area has a ‘lot of problems.’ 

‘You’ve got people doing things they should not be doing, stuff like that. I’m trying to stay focused, stay out of that life, and be in my house. When night falls, I try to be in my house,’ he told the outlet. 

Local businessman Russ Turner said he didn’t hear about the shooting until later that morning when he opened up his shop. All that was left behind was broken glass, but he wasn’t surprised another person was shot. 

‘People get killed around here every month, it seems,’ Turner told The Advocate. 

Police responded to the scene around 2.30am and all that was left later that morning was a pile of broken glass (pictured)

Police responded to the scene around 2.30am and all that was left later that morning was a pile of broken glass (pictured) 

Rice, a marketing major, was remembered by her school, which said in a statement: ‘The LSU community is saddened to hear of senior Allison Rice being killed overnight.’ 

The 21-year-old was gearing up for an internship and had recently left her job at The Shed BBQ in Baton Rouge, where she worked with her two brothers. 

The Shed Owner Luke Forstmann told WAFB: ‘She was one of our first employees. She was always bright, smiley, and bubbly. She was a staple here.

‘We were just talking the other day, she had an internship lined up. She had such an amazing, bright future, and everything was on the up and up and she was about to graduate. This is so senseless and devastating.’ 

Rice reportedly liked to make new drink and food recipes at the restaurant, her former boss Chez Ciccone told The Advocate. 

Her aunt Susie Rice Granier described the young woman as a ‘free spirit’ and said she loved to sing and dance. 

‘The loss of a child, you can never get over that. The holidays are coming up. It’s going to be sad. It’s going to be really sad,’ Grainer told The Advocate. 

She and her husband were driving to their son’s military base when they got the call and Grainer told the outlet the pair ‘just stopped at the stop sign and cried.’ 

‘That’s all we could do,’ she told The Advocate. 

Baton Rouge Mayor Sharon Weston also said her ‘heart goes out to the family.’ 

Rice was a marketing major at Louisiana State University and had been preparing for an internship

Rice was a marketing major at Louisiana State University and had been preparing for an internship 

Rice's aunt Susie Rice Granier described the young woman as a 'free spirit' and said she loved to sing and dance

Rice’s aunt Susie Rice Granier described the young woman as a ‘free spirit’ and said she loved to sing and dance

She had recently left her job at The Shed BBQ in Baton Rouge, where she worked with her two brothers (pictured together)

She had recently left her job at The Shed BBQ in Baton Rouge, where she worked with her two brothers (pictured together) 

The Shed Owner Luke Forstmann (pictured) said she was one of the first employees and was a 'staple' at the establishment

The Shed Owner Luke Forstmann (pictured) said she was one of the first employees and was a ‘staple’ at the establishment 

‘This senseless violence is completely unacceptable and Baton Rouge Police officers are thoroughly investigating to bring the perpetrator to justice,’ she said in a statement. 

Rice’s death is the 74th this year in the East Baton Rouge Parish, according to The Advocate. 

The senior’s death also comes after a string of crimes LSU students have been facing lately. 

On August 19, another student was shot during an attempted robbery. A few days later, two separate kidnapping cases happened on campus.  

According to the FBI, Baton Rouge has one of the highest homicide rates in Louisiana. New Orleans holds the number one spot. 

In fact, analysis of 2022 homicide data ranks New Orleans as the US murder capital, overtaking St. Louis, Missouri. In the first six months of 2022, New Orleans recorded 41 murders per 100,000 population.

The city is struggling with its lowest police staffing level in modern history amid a crisis of officer morale. The police budget, however, has actually increased significantly in 2022, rising to $215 million from $178 million in 2021.

It’s about $570 per resident, approaching the city that spends the most per capita on police, New York, where the outlay for the massive police department is about $653 per resident.

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