Councilman says he'll again urge city to accept outside help

It's time for Shreveport police to accept help, councilman says

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Three more shootings, two of which proved to be fatal, have a Shreveport councilman again sounding off about violence on the city's streets.

"I am absolutely sick and tired of being sick and tired of these random shootings," District A's Willie Bradford said a day after a 61-year-old man was killed.

"Chronic killings have taken the lives of so many of our citizens."

Shreveport police say Robert May was gunned down about 9:40 p.m. Sunday in the 3000 block of Gordonia Drive.

He was taken to University Health, where he later was pronounced dead.

No suspect has been identified.

Now Bradford said he intends to urge fellow city leaders Tuesday to again consider bolstering patrols with assistance from outside law enforcement agencies.

"We are in a situation where we have shootings and crime and property crime every night," he said.

"They [Shreveport Police Department] cannot adequately patrol this city when they're responding to nightly criminal activity."

KSLA News 12 reached out to Police Chief Alan Crump for his response to Bradford's statement, but he was in a meeting at the time.

KSLA News 12 records show homicides throughout the city are actually down when juxtaposed with statistics from this time last year.

Even so, Bradford said the reality is the city needs help.

"The mayor of the city, the police chief says we're doing all we can do. But they're doing more reacting than they are proacting."

Gun violence also is down when compared to last year, according to a Project Safe Neighborhood announcement last week.

"What is happening in Shreveport right now is not a good thing for Shreveport," Bradford said.

"It sends a message to those potential companies or businesses that may want to locate here that it's not a safe city."

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