BATON ROUGE, La. — Police in the Louisiana capital have arrested two people in a mass shooting that left 12 others injured at a nightclub in January.

Two 19-year-olds, Nikeal Franklin and Jy’Shaun Jackson, were arrested Friday, the Baton Rouge Police Department said. Franklin was charged with 12 counts of attempted first-degree murder, while Jackson was charged with 12 counts of attempted first-degree murder.

On January 22, shots were heard at around 1:30 a.m. at the Dior Bar & Lounge in Baton Rouge. A dozen people were injured, with most suffering non-life-threatening injuries. Initially, three victims were listed in critical condition, but their conditions later improved.

Dior Bar and Lounge in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Dior Bar and Lounge in Baton Rouge, maps

Police said they believe the shooting was not a random act of violence and that it was «targeted.» Sgt. L’Jean McKneely Jr., a police spokesman, told The Associated Press in the days after the shooting that investigators believed the shooting was aimed at a partygoer and that bystanders were injured in the process.

Before the shooting, the nightclub had advertised a University of the South and Louisiana State University-themed party as the two schools kicked off new semesters. Spokesmen for LSU and Southern University said Lawyer that the event at the club that night in Baton Rouge was not affiliated with any school.

In a social media post Friday, police said the investigation was ongoing and did not release any details beyond the announcement of the arrests.

Although the number of homicides in Baton Rouge decreased last year from 2021, the Louisiana capital has been plagued by gun violence. In October, an early morning shooting near the University of the South campus in Baton Rouge left nine injured.

The Baton Rouge shooting occurred just hours after a gunman killed 11 people and wounded nine others at a Lunar New Year celebration in Monterey Park, California.