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Emanuel Augustus, aka Emanuel Burton was shot in Baton Rouge, LA this past Monday night. The shooting took place a few blocks away from a gym where he sometimes trained.

“I just know he got shot in the back of the head,” said Chris Singleton, who trains with Augustus. “And he’s on life support right now.”

Singleton said he went to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center early Tuesday, where 20 to 30 people held a vigil in support of the fighter.

The Baton Rouge Police Department is investigating the shooting, although the department declined to identify Augustus by name. The department typically does not identify shooting victims unless a victim dies.

The shooting occurred Monday night in the 1700 block of Louisiana Avenue on a portion of the road between North 17th and Brice Streets. The location is only a few blocks away from BREC’s North 14th Street Park, where Singleton sparred with Augustus whenever the popular boxer was in town.

Detectives have not identified any suspects or motives in Monday night's shooting.

A pair of red boxing gloves could be seen sitting next to a plastic bag at the scene of the shooting on Monday night. Detectives took the gloves and the bag as evidence.

Augustus has often been mentioned by Floyd Mayweather Jr as the toughest opponent he's ever faced. He also battled to a Fight of the Year with Micky Ward, the boxer whose life was depicted in the movie "The Fighter".

Police ask anyone with information about this shooting to contact them at (225) 389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.

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