Residents say rallies aren't helping solve crime problem

Wynton Yates talks about a violent evening just hours before National Night Out Against Crime.

NEW ORLEANS – Less than 24 hours after shootings left two dead and two others injuredin New Orleans, residents gathered for annual Night Out Against Crime events Tuesday.

Still, some of them say the rallies aren’t making an impact on crime in their neighborhoods.

Everyday Earline Scott and her neighbor sit out on their steps and talk about what's going on in their community. Crime has been a big topic between them the last few days. Monday night, four people were shot in three separate incidents.

The first happened around 8 p.m. in the 2400 block of Dreux Avenue, where investigators said they found a 26-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the chest outside of a home. Less than an hour later, a 47-year-old man was shot multiple times Uptown near the intersection of Lyons and Constance streets.

The shooting happened just a day before National Night Out Against Crime, a time when the community gets out alongside local law enforcement to talk about the violence that's going on in their neighborhoods.

"To me, it's just place where you can meet and drink and talk to your neighbors and get to know one another, that's a good thing,” said Scott. “But to me it's not really helping crime."

Reverend Patrick Dowell aggrees, saying law enforcement should hold events like these more often.

"I think it's shouldn't be just one night in one month, it should go constantly all the time,” said Dowell. “Through the week, officers come out and families get together to try to save our neighborhoods."

Dowell believes more positive police interaction could prevent shootings like the one investigators said happened around 2 a.m. on the corner Louisa and Almonaster streets, where a man and woman were shot.

"Now, everybody sticks to themselves,” said Dowell. “Your business is your business and this is why crime is getting the way it is and people are scared"

Night Out Against Crime events are taking place Tuesday all over the metro area. Click here for a list.

(© 2016 WWL)


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