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Two masked gunmen shoot IHOP employees taking smoke break in Louisiana

Two masked gunmen shoot IHOP employees taking a smoke break in Louisiana – killing one and injuring the other – then torch their getaway car

  • The gunmen hopped out of the vehicle and opened fire on the pancake chain workers around noon before fleeing the scene
  • The suspects then fled the scene, ditching and torching the car in a nearby neighborhood
  • First responders found one of the workers at the IHOP on Siegen Lane and rushed them to a local hospital where they died
  • Workers at a local optician’s office said they saw the second victim run out of the IHOP and jump into his car with the back of his white shirt drenched in blood 
  • He then tried to drive himself to a hospital but was found in his car nearby by paramedics and taken to a local hospital in stable condition
  • Cops said they were still searching for the two suspects on Tuesday night 

Two masked gunmen jumped out of a stolen car and shot two IHOP employees taking a smoke break in Louisiana – killing one and injuring the other – before then allegedly torching their getaway car.

The gunmen hopped out of the vehicle and opened fire on the pancake chain workers around noon before fleeing the scene, ultimately ditching the car in a nearby residential neighborhood and setting it on fire, The Advocate reported.

First responders found one of the workers at the IHOP on Siegen Lane and rushed them to a local hospital where they died, the outlet reported.

Workers at a local optician’s office in an adjacent strip mall told the outlet they saw the second victim run out of the IHOP and jump into his car with the back of his white shirt drenched in blood.

He then tried to drive himself to a hospital but was found in his car nearby by paramedics, WBRZ reported. He was also taken by ambulance a local hospital in stable condition.

Two masked gunmen jumped out of a stolen car and shot two IHOP employees taking a smoke break in Louisiana

The suspects then fled the scene, ditching and torching the car in a nearby neighborhood

The suspects then fled the scene, ditching and torching the car in a nearby neighborhood

First responders found one of the workers at the IHOP on Siegen Lane and rushed them to a local hospital where they died

First responders found one of the workers at the IHOP on Siegen Lane and rushed them to a local hospital where they died

A map shows where the car was ditched and torched in relation to where the shooting happened

A map shows where the car was ditched and torched in relation to where the shooting happened

The names of the two victims have not been released, and police told the outlet this afternoon that the shooters were still on the run. Detectives told The Advocate that they have not determined a motive for the shooting.

A public information officer for the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office told DailyMail.com on Tuesday night that there have been no updates in the case. 

Cops described the suspects as black men wearing red-and-white bandanas over their faces, The Advocate reported. One of the men was wearing red pants and the other wore light-colored pants. 

Tabatha Sanchez, who works at the Vision 4 Less optician’s office, said she thought she was going to die. 

‘We all did. It was panicked and chaotic. My heart is still beating from it,’ she said.

Cops described the suspects as black men wearing red-and-white bandanas over their faces

Cops described the suspects as black men wearing red-and-white bandanas over their faces

Police found a number of shell casings on the ground while video shows multiple bullet holes in the wall of the IHOP

Police found a number of shell casings on the ground while video shows multiple bullet holes in the wall of the IHOP

Vision 4 Less employees told the outlet that the optician’s office sits next to an Army National Guard office and that several soldiers ran outside after hearing gunshots. 

It was not immediately clear if members of the National Guard were able to provide assistance in the investigation or aftermath of the shooting.

Residents on Hidden Ridge Lane, where the car was torched, described hearing the gunshots before seeing the blue sedan engulfed in flames, The Advocate reported. 

According to the outlet, the East Baton Rouge murder rate ‘remains higher than ever’ after a record-breaking 2020. 

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