Police not ready to determine a motive in LSU student’s shooting
Allison (Allie) Rice, 21, was killed in the early morning hours of Friday, September 16, near downtown Baton Rouge.
Investigators believe someone fired nearly a dozen gunshots into her car while she was stopped at the railroad crossing, waiting for a train to pass.
The shooting happened after 2 a.m. Police believe Rice was returning home after spending time out with friends.
The marketing major’s death shocked many in the Baton Rouge community, in part due to the unexplained circumstances of the shooting.
She also worked at The Shed BBQ restaurant, which her family co-owned, along with several of her siblings and step-mom.
Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul said misinformation about the murder of Allison “Allie” Rice hurts the case and her family.
“The family is in pain,” Police Cheif Murphy Paul said. “They’re hurting and they’re mourning. I’m asking you to be respectful of that. When you put out misinformation, that hurts the family and that questions the integrity of our police officers. That interferes with our investigative efforts to find the person or persons responsible for this crime,” he said.
BRPD says investigators have not yet determined a motive in the shooting and are not ready to say whether they believe the shooter or shooters targeted Rice or if she was a victim of random circumstance.
The FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives are assisting in the investigation.
LSU officials are trying to calm the nerves of some anxious parents following the murder of 21-year-old marketing senior Allison Rice last week.
In response to concerned parents,LSU spokesperson released this statement on Tuesday, September 20, it says: “The LSU community is saddened and mourning the loss of senior Allison Rice. We are urging anyone with information on her killing to come forward and contact Baton Rouge City Police. All indications are that this was a random act of violence and the police do not have any indication that LSU students are being targeted. We appreciate your concern and assure you that the LSU administration is working on safety enhancements constantly and will continue to find ways to keep our students safe. LSU PD continues their 24/7 patrols of campus, specifically conducting patrols around residence halls at night, and has increased their visibility by engaging the solid blue lights atop their vehicles. The PD has more than 60 trained police officers and security cameras across the campus, which will soon be getting an upgrade. We will also be upgrading the lighting across campus with a campus lighting project that has been in the works. We encourage students to report any suspicious activity to LSU Police at 225–578–3231 or through the LSU Shield app. In an emergency, dial 911.”
Baton Rouge Mayor Sharon Weston Broome released the following statement: My heart goes out to the family, loved ones, and classmates of Allison Rice, a young LSU student who had her entire life ahead of her. This senseless violence is completely unacceptable and Baton Rouge Police officers are thoroughly investigating to bring the perpetrator to justice. Our university community is an essential part of the fabric of Baton Rouge. It is of the utmost importance as we welcome students from across our state and the nation that we create a safe environment. I am coordinating a meeting with LSU and Southern University’s Presidents, BRCC Chancellor, Student Government, BRPD and East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s office to discuss safety for all of our college students in Baton Rouge. I urge anyone with information about this senseless crime to please contact Baton Rouge Police Department or Greater Baton Rouge Crime Stoppers. Mayor Sharon Weston Broome
Police have not yet identified a suspect and the motive is unknown at this time.
The investigation is ongoing.