Following a weekend of Bourbon St. shootings, community leaders encouraged by FQ sales tax
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -Splashed across the national and international headlines this weekend, a shooting in the 300 block of Bourbon street that injured five.
“We heard the gunshots but our main focus was to make sure everyone was ok,” said one tourist.
“You hear the crime in the city but I just didn’t know in a tourist area it would get like that,” said tourist, Davis Summer.
Only for police, nearly 24 hours later to respond to another shooting at Bourbon and Canal that sent a woman to the hospital. “This needs to be stopped, needs to be more protection and the police,” said Lisa Norris.
Police now want to interview these three men in the shooting that injured five, saying they are not wanting on criminal charges but believe they have information for the investigation. French Quarter community leaders say the crime has got to get under control.
“We don’t want people saying ‘well I don’t want to go to New Orleans because it’s not safe we don’t want the action of a tiny percentage of people taking away from everything that makes our city great,” said Chris Pendleton.
Chris Pendleton chairs the French Quarter Management District, the same entity that will oversee the funds from the voter-approved “Quarter for the Quarter” sales tax. More than 70 percent of voters approved the measure that specifies the funds will provide for patrols of post-certified officers.
“So as we get the funds we’re going to increase the officers on the street and will keep going until residence businesses staff and guests to like feel more comfortable in the French Quarter,” said Pendleton.
Pendleton says it’s going to take time though, to get those officers on the street.
“We’re not going to go from zero dollars to $2 million in the snap of a finger, it will be a process but as those funds as New Orleans comes back, as the French Quarter comes back and that tax revenue starts ramping up we will ramp up the patrols with it,” said Pendleton.
Knowing that safety and security in the French Quarter are paramount, however, for the entire city, he says will also take some time.
“The fact of the matter is I know NOPD’s way understaffed across the city you see crime spiking all over the city… everybody needs a healthy vibrant French Quarter for those tax dollars there’s a lot of people who need a healthy vibrant French Quarter for jobs,” he said.
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