Gun incident is not discouraging for downtown

By Adria Goins – bio|email

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) – Shreveport Police were called to an early morning brawl outside a Shreveport night club on Monday that ended with a suspect pulling an assault rifle on the crowd and aiming it at officers. The suspect is still on the loose.

Luckily no one was hurt and no shots were fired. The suspect fled on foot but the gun is now in the right hands.

"When you have a situation like that where someone is reckless as to pull out a firearm in the middle of a crowd and make indications like he was prepared to fire that gun, that's an issue," said Bill Goodin, Shreveport Public Information officer.

Shreveport's Downtown Development Authority has been working with the police department to control crime in that area. Despite Monday morning's events, downtown Shreveport is reportedly one of the safest areas in town.

According to the police department's annual report, the Riverfront, Entertainment District, and the Downtown area east of Market, has the lowest number of violent crimes in the city.  The City Council addressed the issue at its meeting on Tuesday to make sure that incidents like Monday's do not repeat.

"There's a perception that sometimes is different from the statistical reality and that is that there should be an element of safety here that should be on people's minds," said Don Shea, Executive Director of the Downtown Development Authority.

The Authority have been working with police to keep business owners and property safe. So far, Shea said it is working because business continues to thrive.

"Office occupancy is the highest that it's ever been so jobs are forming and growing here," said Shea.

Meaning incidents like Monday will more than likely not affect the way downtown does business.

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