Concerned Shreveport neighbors meet to discuss reducing violence during town hall meeting
SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - In Shreveport, the community is asking what can be done to fix the crime issues. That was the top question of discussion at a town hall meeting held Monday evening (May 9).
Dozens gathered at Caddo Magnet High School to talk about violence in the city. The meeting comes after 13-year-old Landry Anglin was shot and killed by a stray bullet on Fairfield Avenue on the first of the month.
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“I just wish, we need, I don’t know... We just pray all the time...” said Carolyn Spand, who lives in Shreveport.
“I think all of us working together and all of us being aware and knowing where these kids, they’ve got these Uzis or whatever they’re shooting, and I want to find out about guns. I don’t know about this and I want to find out what’s wrong,” said Renee Hilburn, another resident at the meeting.
Many of those at the meeting said they wanted less talk and more action, proposing some cut-thru streets turned into dead-end roads to potentially reduce drive-by incidents. Councilwoman LeVette Fuller hosted the meeting.
In an interview with KSLA News 12 ahead of the meeting, Fuller explained that simply adding more police officers is not enough to stop violence before it happens.
According to Shreveport police records, Landry Anglin was sitting in a home with her family on the 4500 block of Fairfield Avenue on Sunday, May 1, when she was struck by a stray bullet from a nearby shootout.
Police have recovered one of the vehicles in the shootout, but are still looking for others.
At the time of the shooting, witnesses report hearing scores of gunshots. In fact, one nearby porch camera captured 12 straight seconds of non-stop gunfire. Police ask anyone with information that could help investigators to call SPD, or Crime Stoppers.
Anglin was set to finish her 8th grade year at Caddo Middle Magnet in 2022.
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