A Louisiana State University senior was found shot to death inside of her car in downtown Baton Rouge Friday morning.
The Baton Rouge Police Department identified Allison Rice, 21, as the victim in the shooting near a set of railroad tracks on Government Street, according to WAFB-TV. Police said someone fired at least five or six shots into Rice’s car.
Prior to the shooting, investigators said Rice was out with her friends in the Mid City area of Baton Rouge.
She was stopped at a railroad crossing around 2:20 a.m. and tried to make a U-turn when the bullets started flying, witnesses told 4WWL.
As of Saturday morning, police have not identified a suspect or a motive.
“This senseless violence is completely unacceptable and Baton Rouge Police officers are thoroughly investigating to bring the perpetrator to justice,” Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome said in a statement.
Rice, a native of Geismar, La, was a marketing major at LSU. The university issued the following statement on Friday:
“The LSU community is saddened to hear of senior Allison Rice being killed overnight. Her family and friends are in our thoughts, and we encourage anyone who may have more information about this crime to contact Baton Rouge Police.
Rice recently left a bartending job at The Shed BBQ in Baton Rouge, where her siblings also worked, to take on a new internship, the restaurant’s owner told The Advocate news site.
Chez Ciccone recalled telling the bubbly bartender that she was always welcome to come back and that “We are so proud of the direction you are taking. You’ve got your entire life ahead of you.”
Rice’s aunt and godmother, Susie Rice Granier, told The Advocate that her niece was a “free spirit” who loved to dance and sing.
“The loss of a child, you can never get over that,” she said. “The holidays are coming up. It’s going to be sad. It’s going to be really sad.”