High school senior killed in home invasion shooting on Christmas Eve

High school senior killed in home invasion shooting on Christmas Eve
Gervonte Taplin was shot and killed on Christmas Eve. (Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Deputies are investigating a Christmas Eve shooting that killed a teenager and injured a 10-year-old.

According to the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, the shooting happened just before 5 a.m. on Turret Drive off Millerville Road in the Avalon subdivision. A spokesperson for EBRSO says suspects entered the home through the front door in a targeted attack. Officials say there were no signs of forced entry; the front door was possible unlocked.

Gervonte Taplin, a 17-year-old senior football player at Broadmoor High School, was killed in the shooting. A 10-year-old was grazed in the arm by a bullet before being transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, sources say.

Taplin’s mother, Shatontalyn London, says her son’s nickname was Vonte and that the 10-year-old who was injured is Vonte’s stepbrother. They shared a room.

London says Vonte came home from work at Domino’s around 2:30 a.m. on Dec. 24 just hours before the shooting happened. She had just gotten him a car for Christmas. London also says the younger stepbrother will need to have surgery.

A teenager is dead and a minor was injured in a Christmas Eve shooting off of Millerville Road.
A teenager is dead and a minor was injured in a Christmas Eve shooting off of Millerville Road. (Source: WAFB)

The investigation is ongoing.

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