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Community members voice concerns after another violent weekend of shootings in the ArkLaTex

Over the weekend of May 22 and 23, 2021, the ArkLaTex saw at least three separate shootings.
Over the weekend of May 22 and 23, 2021, the ArkLaTex saw at least three separate shootings.(KSLA)
Updated: May. 24, 2021 at 6:35 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — CNN reports there were 12 mass shootings in the United States this past weekend, May 22-23. A mass shooting typically is defined as a shooting involving three or more people being killed or injured, not including the shooter.

In the ArkLaTex, there were shootings in Shreveport, La., as well as Longview and Waskom in Texas.

THIS WEEKEND’S SHOOTINGS

KSLA’s Tayler Davis spoke with people in the community Monday, May 24 to get their thoughts on the crime that’s seemingly everywhere.

The violent weekend that capped a long, violent week has people still asking when the violence will stop.

“Just driving by shooting people on the freeway. Who is that helping, killing people coming in and out of town?” Shreveport resident Charles Robinson said. “How (are) tourists gonna want to come here? Why should they come here?”

Mary Pickrom said it does not help the issue when people don’t come forward after a shooting. “If you tell on somebody, they might come shoot your house up or do something to you or do something to your mom, or sister, your child.

“I think it’s a cry for help,” she said.

Francine Brown heads up the nonprofit Seniors First but also is an activist against violence.

“People are becoming desensitized because it’s becoming a common thing. Every weekend we have shooting or murder.”

But Brown believes she has one solution to cure the problem. “I’m formulating a crime task force council filled with professionals who will go out and help assess the community.”

She also plans to get with local school board members to push for more arts and musical activities at schools to help kids develop their talents and put their energy into positive things.

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