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UPDATE: Baton Rouge physician arrested in LSU lakes attack

Posted at 2:44 PM, Nov 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-11 21:00:35-05

UPDATE: Baton Rouge Police have arrested a local physician in connection with a Monday attack on a woman near the LSU lakes.

Shane McKinney, 54, was interviewed by police detectives Wednesday and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a charge of simple battery.

Crime Stoppers tips assisted BRPD in this investigation, police say.

McKinney's LinkedIn profile describes him as a physician specializing in Pediatric Emergency Medicine Attending at OLOL Children's Hospital. His name appears in search engines as a physician at Our Lady of the Lake, but the page has been removed from the hospital's site.

According to the LinkedIn profile, McKinney has degrees from LSU, the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the Georgia Institute of Technology.

In the photo provided by Baton Rouge Police yesterday, the man they described as a suspect is wearing a UAB shirt:

Earlier today, we received a statement from Our Lady of the Lake, the hospital which placed a physician on leave after he was identified as a suspect in the attack.

"We don’t tolerate hate, racism or violence by any member of our organization against another person. We take the allegations placed against one of our physicians seriously and understand their gravity. We have placed the physician on administrative leave pending a thorough internal investigation. Based on the outcome of our investigation, we may consider further action. We place the well-being of our patients, teams and community at the forefront of everything we do."

The Baton Rouge doctor was under criminal investigation after being identified as a suspect in the possible racially motivated attack on a Southern University student that occurred while she was walking near the LSU lakes Monday evening, our media partners at The Advocate report.

The student was punched in the chest and verbally assaulted, Baton Rouge Police told us yesterday. A spokesman confirmed last night that the n-word allegedly was used against the victim, who was identified as a Southern University student athlete by Southern's athletic director last night.

After police released a photo of the man accused of assaulting her Tuesday afternoon, the agency received multiple tips about a particular individual whose name the department declined to release, The Advocate reports.

Hours later, employees of Our Lady of the Lake hospital system received an internal email from president and CEO Scott Wester informing them that "Baton Rouge police have identified one of our employed physicians as the suspect in an alleged racially motivated attack that surfaced online and in the media Tuesday evening," the newspaper reports.

To read the rest of The Advocate story, click here.