Man opens fire on SUV, strikes child playing nearby

A 7-year-old child outside playing was shot and wounded in the leg Sunday afternoon when a man opened fire on a nearby SUV.

Baton Rouge Police Department spokesman Cpl. Don Coppola Jr. said the shooting occurred at 2:45 p.m. at 12254 La Margie Ave.

Coppola said the gunman approached the SUV, which was occupied by two people, and opened fire with bullets going through the front windshield and the driver’s side door.

Neither of the occupants was injured in the attack.

Police say the shooter is a tall, black man with short hair who may frequent the Sherwood Forest area, Coppola said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police 389-3844 or Crime Stoppers at 344-7867.