Halloween crime and the NOPD’s deployment plan to protect revelers
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - New Orleans’ gun violence didn’t take a break over the long Halloween weekend, and the city’s police department beefed up its presence in the French Quarter to protect revelers through the holiday on Monday night (Oct. 31).
Neighbors in the 800 block of Adele Street in the Lower Garden District told Fox 8 that they heard multiple gunshots Sunday around 4 p.m. A bullet struck a 15-year-old sitting outside. Less than an hour later, a woman was shot on St. Bernard Avenue as she sat outside a corner meat market.
Then, shots rang out in New Orleans East before the violence began to unfold in and around the French Quarter. Two people were shot in separate incidents and an armed robbery happened along Decatur Street.
Everything unfolded in a matter of hours, as police prepared to protect the city for Halloween night.
“We have a special package in place for the French Quarter area, because we know there will be a lot of celebrations along Bourbon Street and a lot of celebration along Frenchmen (Street),” NOPD Supt. Shaun Ferguson said.
Some people told Fox 8 they were wary, and planned to clear out of the Quarter before the nighttime celebrations begin.
“Normally, I would come down at night,” said Gerry Haydon. “But, between the crime and my mobility now, I’m not going to come down here at night.”
Other said they’ve heard about the recent shootings, but said they felt the NOPD’s presence in the French Quarter. Besides the deployment plan to place more officers in and around the French Quarter, there’s also the French Quarter Management District’s “blue light patrols” going on.
Police said they hope the lights will let people know they’re around and deter criminals at the same time.
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