The rash of violence started Saturday in New Orleans East and continued through Sunday with the most recent shooting taking place on
Earlier in the day, two other people were shot; one on
"People are going to be very afraid by the end of the summer if this keeps up," said Criminologist Peter Scharf, Ph.D.
Saturday saw six people injured by bullets, including a 17-year-old. Scharf says while summertime heat is often blamed for spikes in violence, he's got another theory.
"It's not really the hot weather, it's that you have opportunities for open air drug dealing and to assassinate your enemies," he said.
While the city's murder rate for the year is down, Scharf says non-fatal shootings still garner plenty of attention and lead people to compare
"People say don't go to
Part of the problem here is something Scharf and NOPD Supt. Ronal Serpas agree on; the revolving door at Tulane and Broad.
"In New Orleans, someone arrested for illegally possessing a firearm or using a firearm, within 12 months of that arrest without incarceration, is three times more likely to be re-arrested for murder, manslaughter, and five times more likely to commit a violent crime," Serpas said.
While fixing the criminal justice system isn't something that can happen overnight, Scharf thinks hiring more police officers is something that can be done now to help deter crime. He says weekends with nine people wounded in separate shootings is simply unacceptable.
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