Monday, June 30, 2014

Louisiana: Update--Gunfight in Big Easy Leaves 9 Injured, 2 Critically, Safety Risks Flagged

According to http://www.nola.com, a Bourbon Street shooting in New Orleans early on Sunday morning (June 29) left nine people injured--two critically--in the latest incident of New Orleans gun violence. 

New Orleans Superintendent of Police Ronal Serpas said that "two cowardly young men" were responsible for the carnage, which sent bystanders diving into bustling bars and nightclubs for cover, and others crawling into open storefronts as they bled in the street.

Police confirmed that some of the victims were tourists, wounded in the 700 block of Bourbon Street when two men got into an exchange of gunfire at approximately 0245 hours.

COMMENT: No arrests have been made.

For the benefit of our readers, if you hear what appears to be gunshots, DO NOT GO TO THE AREA FROM WHICH THE SHOOTING IS OCCURRING. STAY INDOORS AND TAKE COVER.

Although "concealed-carry" laws for private citizens are valid in all 50 states, particularly given the fact that alcohol and firearms have never mixed particularly well, consideration should be given to the establishment of a "firearms-free zone" in designated sectors of the city.

Another approach would be to install walk-through metal detectors in all high-risk establishments in order to exclude persons carrying concealed firearms to reduce the risk of alcohol-induced shootings.

First of all, please see the below link for an indication of  the threat of violent crime and property crime in New Orleans:

http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/la/new-orleans/crime

Quick facts:

Population: 362,874

Number of visitors to New Orleans annually: 9 million.

New Orleans is ONLY safer than 10% of cities in the US

Potential for violent crime in New Orleans: 1 in 123

Potential for property crime in New Orleans: 1 in 26 
As an indicator of the manpower shortages that NOPD has been experiencing in recent years see:
 
http://stayingsafeabroad.blogspot.com/2014/02/louisiana-physical-attacks-on-tourists  

Since March, there have been two daylight shootings downtown on Canal Street that include: a woman exiting a St. Charles Avenue street-car who was shot in the hip last week and last Wednesday a man was fatally wounded in a drive-by shooting near some of the city's most popular live-music venues.

Another incident since March involved a man who shot himself in the foot inside the  Bourbon Heat nightclub after a security guard spotted a gun inside his pocket and lost control of it in the ensuing scuffle.

Amid Halloween 2011 revelry on Bourbon Street, a 25-year-old man was killed and seven others injured, including a tourist from France, when men opened fire on one another, hitting others in a chaotic crossfire.

Two people--the most seriously injured--remain in critical condition at Interim LSU Hospital, Communications Officer Siona LaFrance said.