A Louisiana college student was fatally shot in her vehicle early Friday morning, authorities said.
Allison Rice, 21, of Geismar, died in the shooting that occurred around 2:19 a.m. in the 1500 block of Government Street, according to a statement from Baton Rouge police.
“Rice was shot multiple times while sitting in the driver’s seat of her vehicle. Rice died at the scene,” police said.
The motive and suspect(s) are unknown, police said.
When police were contacted on Saturday, they provided NBC News with their statement about the shooting and declined to answer further questions.
The shooting occurred about three miles from campus. Baton Rouge Mayor Sharon Weston Broome said in a statement that Rice was a student at LSU. She also condemned the “senseless violence”.
“My heart goes out to the family, loved ones and classmates of Allison Rice, a young LSU student who had her whole life ahead of her. This senseless violence is completely unacceptable and Baton Rouge police are investigating thoroughly to bring the perpetrator to justice,” Broome said.
“Our college community is an essential part of the fabric of Baton Rouge. It is of utmost importance that we welcome students from across our state and nation as we create a safe environment. I am coordinating a meeting with the Presidents of LSU and Southern University, the Chancellor of BRCC, Student Government, BRPD, and the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office to discuss the safety of all of our students in Baton Rouge .
The Associated Press contributed.