Businesses on alert after man shot in French Quarter

Businesses on alert after man shot in French Quarter

Thousands visit the French Quarter every day.

"We want them to come back," Al Rushing, co-owner of the Cigar Factory of Decatur Street said. "The last thing we want to hear about is violence in our community." So when Rushing heard a shooting happened just doors down from his shop, he and other businesses on the block were worried. "We are very safety-conscious. If we see anything that's out of place, we don't hesitate to make a phone call."

New Orleans Police were called out to the 400 block of Decatur Street around 1:00 a.m. Sunday. They say an 18-year-old man was shot in the foot. Officers also found two handguns that they believe are linked to the shooting.

That stretch of Decatur Street has several retail stores, so business owners say safety is a main concern.

"We always want to protect our house. Our house is the old French Quarter," said Rushing. "We make a living taking care of our customers."

It's not just businesses taking notice.

"I'm kind of hesitant to go on night sessions, or skate around at night, because it seems like that's when all the things happen," said Tristen Saavedra, who skateboards along the street.

This shooting comes a week after extra state troopers packed up. They were brought in to help the NOPD after the mass shooting on Bourbon Street.

"We had over 3,800 calls for service. That means 3,800 hundred times that we went and serviced a call that means the city of New Orleans did not have to," Col. Mike Edmonson with the Louisiana State Police announced last week.

It's a presence business owners, like Rushing, say they already miss.

"Without police presence you have more of the opportunists walking around looking for things to happen," Rushing said. "With police presence you deter that kind of element to happen in this area."

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