NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas was cautiously optimistic Monday afternoon when he told reporters that he expected to see a drop in crime in several key categories for 2012.
“As we look at the general crime trends in the city, it is early to know what the final numbers will be. But we are predicting there will be a decrease in murders in 2012,” Serpas said as he made similar claims about rape cases, armed robberies, burglaries, auto burglaries and auto theft.
As Serpas was speaking, his officers responded to a pair of murders in the city. The first happened at about 1:10 Monday afternoon in the 2000 block of Cypress Acres Drive. Police found a man, shot to death, inside a Chevy Camaro in an apartment complex parking lot.
Less than an hour later, police found a man shot to death in the Ninth Ward. They say the man was shot several times and was found dead at the intersection of North Dorgenois and Mazant Street.
As of Monday evening, police were withholding the names of the murder victims as their relatives were being notified.