OPINION: Scoot: What about gun checkpoints on Bourbon Street?

OPINION: Scoot: What about gun checkpoints on Bourbon Street?

Photo credit Mario Tama /Getty Images Another crowded weekend on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans and another shooting. Saturday night, two bystanders were shot after an argument between two individuals escalated. We can all be happy that neither of the bystanders suffered life-threatening injuries, but often the difference between an injury and death is separated by a mere fraction of an inch. Don’t pass off a gunshot injury as not serious because every gunshot wound could easily have been a fatality. The shooting occurred in the 300 block of Bourbon Street, which is the block with the Royal Sonesta hotel and is considered a very safe area of the French Quarter. NOPD has a photo of the two individuals believed to have been involved in the argument and subsequent shooting; but, as of the writing of this blog, police did not have any significant leads and are asking the public to help identify the two males in the photo. Anyone with information is urged to call the NOPD 8th District at 504-658-6080 or CrimeStoppers at 504-822-1111. As attitudes toward the pandemic have loosened and confidence from the distribution of the vaccines grows, crowds in the French Quarter have reached pre-pandemic levels. The crowds on Bourbon Street are a mixture of locals and tourists, and young people dominate the roving street population. Bourbon Street will always be a popular destination for locals and tourists, but the fear of crime is always a potential threat to attracting […]

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