Third arrest made in connection with mass shooting at nightclub in January

Nikeal Franklin (left), Shawnchez Lamar (middle), Jy;shaun jackson (right).
Nikeal Franklin (left), Shawnchez Lamar (middle), Jy;shaun jackson (right).(Baton Rouge Police Department)
Published: Feb. 11, 2023 at 7:18 AM CST|Updated: May. 10, 2023 at 4:51 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The Baton Rouge Police Department announced on Friday, Feb. 10, the arrests of two people in connection with a mass shooting at a nightclub in January.

Police said 12 people were injured by gunfire inside the Dior Bar and Lounge on Bennington Avenue on Sunday, Jan. 22.

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According to BRPD, Nikeal Franklin, 19, and Jy’Shaun Jackson, 19, have been arrested. Police said Franklin faces 12 counts of attempted first-degree murder, while Jackson faces 12 counts of principal to attempted first-degree murder.

BRPD made a third arrest in connection to the nightclub shooting arresting Shawnchez Lemar, 22, on Wednesday, May 10.

Lemar was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on 12 counts of principal to attempted first-degree murder.

Lemar Shawnchez
Lemar Shawnchez(BRPD)

Bond has been set at $435,000 for Franklin, while Jackson’s bond has been set at $360,000, according to the East Baton Rouge District Attorney’s Office. Officials said that if Franklin or Jackson have someone bond them out, there will be a hearing in court to decide further bond conditions before their release.

Nikeal Franklin
Nikeal Franklin(Baton Rouge Police Department)
Jy'Shaun Jackson
Jy'Shaun Jackson(Baton Rouge Police Department)

According to arrest documents, police believe in total four men were responsible for the shooting at Dior Bar and Lounge. Two of them were the actual shooters and the other two were accomplices.

Arrest documents reveal surveillance video showed all four males entering the club. Two of the men leave then return to the patio and allegedly slip guns under the fenced area of the club. That’s when the two gunmen allegedly open fire towards the stage in what police are calling a ‘targetted attack,’ according to officials.

Arrest documents say police were able to compare surveillance video to the Instagram profiles of the two men. Police also learned the guns used in this shooting were also allegedly used in a previous shooting in St. James Parish.

Police said the arrests came after BRPD detectives and St. James Parish Sheriff’s Department detectives and deputies executed multiple search warrants on Friday, Feb. 10.

According to police two suspects are still at large.

If you have any more information you are urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 344-STOP.

This investigation is ongoing.

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