A Louisiana State University student was brutally shot to death in her car while stopped at a train crossing in Baton Rouge on Friday, police said.
Baton Rouge Police Department said 21-year-old Allison Rice was found dead inside her car that was riddled with bullet holes between I-110 and Park Boulevard just after 2am on Friday.
Authorities have said the university student was shot multiple times while waiting for a train to pass a crossing after returning from a meet with friends. Police have not yet disclosed any motive behind the brutal killing.
It is unclear at the moment if the attack was random or if Ms Rice was specifically targeted. Floyd Norman, a witness, told WBRZ that he heard the train just moments before hearing shots fired.
He said: "A deadly shooting is not surprising, so much goes on out here. It doesn't make a difference about a shooting, every other night, somebody is shooting.
"We got a lot of problems around here when night falls, I try not to leave my house. I'm not trying to be out here at night."
Ms Rice was a marketing major at Louisiana State University and worked at The Shed BBQ restaurant as a bartender.
The university issued a statement after news of her murder: "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."
Baton Rouge mayor Sharon Weston said: "My heart goes out to the family, loved ones, and classmates of Allison Rice, a young LSU student who had her entire life ahead of her.
"This senseless violence is completely unacceptable and Baton Rouge Police officers are thoroughly investigating to bring the perpetrator to justice."