NEW ORLEANS – After a violent night two people are dead and two others injured in three separate incidents around the city.
Police said around 1 a.m. Monday morning a man was shot at the intersection of Humanity street and Gentilly Boulevard. He later died.
Just an hour after, someone opened fire into a parked car at Republic and Law streets, wounding a man and woman.
These two shootings came hours after a murder in the Irish Channel Sunday night.
Around 11:30 p.m, police found a man suffering from several gunshot wounds near Tchoupitoulas and Peniston streets. He later died in the hospital.
Sean Schmidt is a Cross Fit member and coach down the street from Tchoupitoulas and Peniston, where police found the first murder victim. Schmidt was surprised to hear the news.
"This area is starting to pick up a little bit with Tchop Yard opening up and NOLA Brewery opening up the bar as well, so around here it kind of hits close to home,” Schmidt said.
For Schmidt, the intersection of Tchoupitoulas and Peniston had never seemed unsafe before.
"I have been in that area, just being in parades like Bacchus riding down Tchoupitoulas so I have been in that area and done a few things,” Schmidt said. “Not the area you would think about it happening really.”
Others in the neighborhood are wearier.
"It is a reality in this city that bad things can happen and you just have to be vigilant to prevent them from happening to you,” David McCelvey, Co-Owner of Franky and Johnny Restaurant in the Irish Channel said. McCelvey is taking steps to make sure his employees and customers stay safe.
"We always invite the police and Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Department in and we offer a discount to them and we feel like we have a pretty strong presence with law enforcement as a customer,” McCelvey said.
McCelvey said strong communities are the best ways to fight neighborhood violence.
"Communication is the key,” McCelvey said. “Sharing information and if you see something, say something."
NOPD said they adjust officer deployment every day based on crime trends. They also added right now there is no evidence that connects any of the crimes together. Although there were a lot of shootings in a 24-hour period, murders are still down this year compared to last year.
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