Tourists undeterred by Bourbon Street shooting

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Posted on July 1, 2014 at 10:15 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 1 at 10:16 PM

Tania Dall / Eyewitness News
Email: tdall@wwltv.com | Twitter: @taniadall

NEW ORLEANS -- The city of New Orleans is calling on the public to help bring those responsible for Sunday's shooting on Bourbon Street to justice.

As detectives search for at least two gunman in the case and officials say most of the victims were from out of town; tourists are still showing up to the Crescent City.

"I was a little hesitant about coming but we're from the Atlanta area. So we're use to news like that," Judy Wigenton said while taking a stroll with her husband through Jackson Square on Tuesday night.

The Atlanta couple stays in Biloxi and makes the drive to New Orleans at least twice a year to take in the city's cuisine, history and culture.

They heard about Sunday's Bourbon Street shooting, but Judy and Lenny Wigenton decided to come anyway.

"You have a good police department here. They were just saying on the news how the mayor had called President Obama and asked for help. Hopefully they'll get it cleaned up," said Lenny Wigenton.

The New Orleans Police Department confirms that six of the 10 shooting victims are from out of town. One is still in critical condition at LSU Interim Hospital.

During a news conference Tuesday, Mayor Mitch Landrieu said keeping both tourists and New Orleanians safe remains a top priority.

Landrieu is turning to President Barack Obama for more federal law enforcement officials. He's also requesting 100 permanently stationed state troopers in New Orleans.

"Everybody, whether they're a visitor or a citizen, has got to be protected in this city wherever they are. As I said, it's part law enforcement but there's a lot more to it then that," Landrieu said in addressing media questions at City Hall.

"It was a surprise anniversary, for my second anniversary to come to New Orleans," said Karen Franklin.

The Houston resident and her husband, David hopped on a train on Sunday arriving to town unaware of the brazen Bourbon Street violence. They learned about it on a French Quarter tour.

"The tour guide kind of mentioned about what happened. We were shocked like most people. It's unfortunate that it happened, but its unfortunate that we're used to hearing stuff day in and day out," said David Franklin.

It's crime that these tourists confirm also breeds in their cities. But it's a culture of violence New Orleans city officials say must stop.

"This has been going on for a long time. Unless we do something different this will not change," Landrieu said. Crimestoppers is offering up a $1,000 reward for the recovery of each gun involved in the shooting. There is also a $2,500 reward for information leading to any arrest.

If you can help detectives solve this case, call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.

 

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