Mayor Asks Feds for Help While Police Prepare to Beef Up Security Around Bourbon Street
NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - Mayor Mitch Landrieu is asking for more help to fight violence. He is asking state authorities and the feds to do more and help protect the people who live and visit New Orleans.
“What happened is infuriating. It makes you want to scream or cry or both,” says Mayor Mitch Landrieu at a press conference Tuesday afternoon.
A fed up Mayor Landrieu is throwing his hands up. As ten victims recover from gunshot wounds they received on Bourbon Street, Landrieu asks for more help.
“I have sent a letter to President Obama with a copy of a letter that I sent last year, requesting that the federal government get back in the business of fighting crime on the streets of America,” says Landrieu.
Landrieu is also asking the governor to permanently assign 100 Louisiana State Police officers to patrol the streets of New Orleans.
Police tell us of the ten victims six are from out of state.
Here’s the breakdown:
Victim #1 21-year-old female who remains in the hospital in critical condition. Hammond
Victim #2 19-year-old female who remains in the hospital in stable condition. Arkansas
Victim #3 18-year-old male who mains in the hospital in stable condition. New Orleans
Victim #4 35-year-old male who remains in the hospital in stable condition. Mississippi
Victim #5 21-year-old female who remains in the hospital in stable condition. Australia
Victim #6 22-year-old male. Harvey
Victim #7 22 year-old male. New Orleans
Victim #8 17 year-old female. Alabama
Victim #9 20-year-old female. Alabama
Victim #10 39-year-old male. Florida
NOPD Chief Ronal Serpas says at the time of the shooting there were 27 officers working in the 8th district, nine of them assigned strictly to Bourbon Street. As for this holiday weekend Serpas says 500 officers will be on the streets for Essence Fest using up $300,000 in overtime.
At this point police want you to take a good look at surveillance video that capture a man they are calling a “Person of Interest” in the shooting. If you live in the French Quarter Chief Serpas says, “You may live on Decatur Street, you may live on Rampart Street, but think about those pictures that you’ve seen in the videos that have been released and take a look at your cameras just to double check.”
Perhaps the strongest words coming from U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite who called on residents themselves to step up, “You are in the middle of a battle, the new battle for the city of New Orleans. Either you are for a safe and peaceful New Orleans, or you are against us. Standing on the sidelines is no longer an option.”
Crimestoppers is offering multiple rewards: a $1,000 reward for each gun linked to the crime and $2,500 dollars for information that leads to an arrest of each shooter. You can call Crimestoppers at (504)822-1111.