Chief Harrison meets with Central City community after rash of violence

Chief appeals to community for help in combatting Central City violence

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - After a rash of violent crime in Central City, NOPD Chief Michael Harrison wanted to meet face-to-face with the people who live in the neighborhood.

"We've seen an increase in violent crime and we've been working very hard to find out who's responsible," Harrison said.

It was on the corner of Josephine and Willow where 43-year-old Sabrina Watson was gunned down. Police said the mother of three was sitting in her vehicle when someone opened fire, striking her several times. It happened at 8:45 a.m. just a few block away from where half a dozen people were shot earlier this month.

Police believe that shooting involved gang activity.

"We're going to link them together because they may be related. If we find out they are, we're going to hold people to the fullest extent of the law," Harrison said.

Harrison, along with his officers and people who live in the neighborhood, marched through the streets of Central City on Thursday with a message.

"So many lives are being lost in our community, and I'm praying for peace. It's so sad," Gwendolyn Monroe said.

So many people that we talked to off camera told FOX 8 that they're living in fear.

"You need to come forward and stop being afraid because if we keep sitting back, it's going to keep on happening. We have to stand up for what we believe in," Monroe said.

Harrison's presence in the neighborhood was welcomed, and he asked the community to work with his investigators.

"We need community support. It's not something that police can do alone. We need a flow of information, but that can't happen until people trust us. This is a way we build trust," he said.

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