NOLA Shooting

The Ferguson effect.

Via NOLA Com:

Seventy-five people were killed or wounded by gunfire in New Orleans in the first month of the year – more than twice the total in January 2016, according to a Times-Picayune tally of police reports. The staggering total this month, more than two a day, comes on the heels of a violent 2016 that saw increases in murders and nonfatal shootings.

The total includes victims of a double shooting Tuesday night (Jan. 31) that New Orleans police said left two people dead outside Edna Karr High School in Algiers. It also includes a woman killed and another woman injured in a second double shooting Tuesday night, this one in New Orleans East.

Tuesday’s killings raised January’s murder tally to 22, the highest since January 2012, when 25 people were killed. All but three homicides this year have been confirmed as caused by gunshots.

While too early to draw conclusions on the rest of the year, criminologists say New Orleans’ rising gun violence is evidence of a troubling trend playing out in cities across the country. Baltimore, for example, had 25 killings in the first 26 days of the year, according to The Baltimore Sun.

“The national trend doesn’t look good,” said Jay Corzine, a sociology professor at the University of Central Florida. “It’s pointing to, in large urban areas, more violence and more lethal violence. Right now, nobody has a good handle on it.”

NOPD Deputy Chief Paul Noel said any level of violence is concerning. But, he added, the department’s continued partnership with state and federal law enforcement agencies and the institution of a city-wide public safety plan announced by Mayor Mitch Landrieu earlier this month should bring down violence in New Orleans.

Two pieces of the Landrieu administration’s plan, crime cameras in hotspots and license plate readers, are “great intelligence tools,” Noel said.

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