Police are trying to identify two bicyclists they say shot and injured two people in separate incidents earlier this week that took place within minutes of each other near North Acadian Thruway.
Baton Rouge police spokesman Sgt. L’Jean McKneely said the first victim told investigators Monday she was driving down North Acadian when she nearly hit two bike riders, whom she described as teenage males.
Moments after the close call, the woman told police, one of the boys shot at her vehicle, hitting her in the arm.
A short time later, McKneely said, the bicyclists stole a pickup truck on North 44th Street near Gus Young Avenue, roughly a mile away from the first shooting. McKneely said the owner of the truck had left the vehicle running while he went inside his friend’s house when he heard the truck being taken.
The man and his friend began to follow the truck in the friend’s car, McKneely said. The boys then crashed the truck near a stop sign and the man jumped into the bed of the pickup truck, leading the two teens to shoot at him multiple times before running off.
McKneely said the man was shot twice in the upper torso and was taken to a hospital in stable condition. The woman who suffered a gunshot wound to her arm was also hospitalized and is expected to recover, he said.
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