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2 dead, 2 injured in shooting near Mall of Louisiana in Baton Rouge

Police said a vehicle drove by and fired upon occupants of another car. Police said it was a "targeted shooting."

BATON ROUGE, La. — Two people are dead and 2 others have been injured in a shooting near the Mall of Louisiana in Baton Rouge Friday afternoon.

Police said the two injured have been taken to the hospital. One of the victims is said to have moderate injuries. The other victim is in the hospital with serious injuries. 

Sergeant L'Jean McKneely of the Baton Rouge Police Department said the incident was a "targeted shooting" with intended victims. The police currently believe that people in a car that was passing by fired upon people in another car.

"We believe they planned this. We're going to review the footage."

McKneely said he believes people involved in the shooting knew the group they were targeting were at the mall. 

An image of the vehicle that was fired upon showed numerous bullet holes in the vehicle's side doors and windows. 

The shooting occurred around 1:30 p.m. on Bluebonnet Blvd. near Picardy Avenue.

"This is an isolated incident. The individuals inside of this car were targeted," said McKneely. "There are some situations that are happening in Baton Rouge with individuals having issues and rival groups that are committing violence against one another."

Police have traffic blocked off in the area and several units have responded.

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