New Orleans is in the midst of a major crime wave. How bad is it? Well, 400 people have been shot in the city of New Orleans so far this year.
From The Advocate:
As violent crime continues to be a hot-button issue across New Orleans, the city has reached a grim milestone much faster than in previous years.
With multiple shootings on the evening of July 25, the city reached 400 people injured by gunfire in 2017, according to crime analyst Jeff Asher. That is almost month earlier than in 2010, the first year the data began being tracked and the second earliest date it had been reached.
New Orleans has reached the mark each of the past eight years, but didn’t in 2016 until Oct. 2, according to Asher. The latest date the mark was reached was in 2015, when it took until Nov. 5, according to Asher.
The number is a count of all gunshot victims, not fatal incidents. The unofficial figure for fatal incidents is currently at 105, not including accidental shootings or shootings deemed justified, Asher said.
Here’s a tweet from Asher showing the dates when the 400th person was shot.
Date of 400th shooting victim in New Orleans, 2010 – 2017: pic.twitter.com/LEZAU5mfxi
— Jeff Asher (@Crimealytics) July 26, 2017
The date the 400th victim was reached is almost one month ahead of the next earliest time in 2010. Crime is a major problem in the city.
Crime is the number one issue in the upcoming mayor’s election in New Orleans. The next mayor will have to undo the mistakes that the current mayor, Mitch Landrieu, has made when fighting crime in the city. They will have to hire hundreds of new police officers for example. The city will have to ask for outside help from everyone from neighboring parishes to the state to help stop the bleeding. Finally, the city will have to find a way to exit the consent decree.
The mayorial candidate that can best speak to crime in New Orleans will likely be the winner. Today’s grim milestone shows how urgent the situation is in New Orleans.