Woman found walking on interstate with gunshot wound; 6th shooting in Baton Rouge in 5 days

Woman found walking on interstate with gunshot wound; 6th shooting in Baton Rouge in 5 days
A large police presence on I-10 at the I-110 split after a woman was found walking with a gunshot wound. (Source: DOTD)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Police in Baton Rouge are investigating the sixth shooting in five days after a woman was found walking on the interstate with a gunshot wound.

Police say just after 2 a.m. on Tuesday, July 2, officers responded to the I-10 bridge near the I-110 split regarding a female walking on the interstate. Once officers arrived, they noticed she was suffering from a gunshot injury.

Police believe she was shot by a friend who she was giving a ride to. The man, later identified by police as 28-year-old Gerry Byrd, then took the vehicle and fled to Woodville, Mississippi where he was shot by an officer at a Sprint Mart on Highway 61, according to Woodville Police Chief Jessie Stewart.

Gerry Byrd, 28
Gerry Byrd, 28 (Source: Mississippi DOC)

Police say the woman’s injuries were non-life threatening.

Charges for Byrd are pending.

(Source: WAFB)

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