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Concerns about increase in violence

Police departments here in Acadiana are seeing a surge in violent crimes including murder, robbery, assault, and rape.

Posted: Sep 27, 2021 5:31 PM
Updated: Sep 28, 2021 1:25 PM

LAFAYETTE, LA (KADN) - Police departments here in Acadiana are seeing a surge in violent crimes including murder, robbery, assault, and rape. Just this past week here in Lafayette police responded to shots fired. When they arrived officers located a man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was transported to a local hospital where he later died.

Dionte Franklin has been a resident of Lafayette for the past 3 years now and says he hopes to see gun violence go down.

Franklin says "In the future, I hope that violence can be alleviated I don't think that there nothing the government as far as Louisiana goes I don't think that there's really nothing they can do to alleviate I think its just the people".

Community leaders say an increase in crime has a lot to do with the lack of resources but it's their job to make members of the community aware of them so they can keep kids out of trouble.

Devon Norman says "There are so many resources that are coming into our community's because of covid that we need to make sure the community has the resources to give the kids something to do". 

A rise in the number of shootings has been seen in many other cities as well, with President Biden attempting to strengthen firearm regulations to combat gun violence. but franklin believes the issue is deeper than gun regulations.

He says "Everybody's background is different not everybody has the skills or the mindset to try to resolve something before it escalates to potentially being life-threatening".

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