Sound of gunfire captured on surveillance camera during murder of LSU student; about a dozen gunshots heard in new recording

BATON ROUGE — Newly discovered audio captured the moment someone fired a barrage of bullets at an LSU student as she was stopped at a railroad crossing.

The attack killed 21-year-old Allison Rice early Friday morning. Police found her around 2 a.m. inside the bullet-riddled car, stopped on the east side of the lanes on Government Street, just east of I-110.

A person living nearby told WBRZ on Friday that he heard gunshots as the train passed. Glass and other markings at the scene suggest Rice’s vehicle was flipping over when someone fired through its windshield.

Audio obtained a day later by the WBRZ investigative unit – recorded on a nearby surveillance system – captured the shooting. The attack was not seen on video, but in the nearly one-minute recording, a dozen gunshots can be heard as a train passes. Once the hail of gunfire has stopped, the sound of car tires screeching can be heard.

On Saturday, the Baton Rouge Police Department had little to publicly share about the investigation and said it was still pursuing potential leads.

“Detectives are talking to neighbors in this community, reaching out to business owners to see if we can review some surveillance footage they may have,” said BRPD spokesman L. ‘Jean McKneely, at WBRZ Saturday morning.

Police have yet to say what the apparent motive for the attack was.

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