Violent crime is on the rise in New Orleans, with shootings and murders grabbing attention from crime watchdogs.
Raphael Goyeneche with the Metro Crime Commission says they have recorded a 47 percent increase in shootings for the year, and a 190 percent increase this July versus last July. He says homicides are up, too.
"There were 72 in 2019 and we're looking at 95 so far through yesterday in the city of New Orleans," Goyeneche told WWL's Newell Normand. That's a 32 percent increase for the first seven months of this year compared to all of last year.
"They're as perplexed as we are," she told WWL-TV. "Here we are in the COVID situation, and certainly, it seems like as people were able to get back out, these crimes are occurring."