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Kathy Apartments residents say Crowley complex in grip of gun violence epidemic

Posted at 9:54 PM, Nov 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-27 10:46:43-05

Crowley Police are still investigating a series of shootings that happened Friday night.

The shots were fired near Gardiner Memorial Stadium during a high school football game.

The football game between Notre Dame and Newman had to be delayed in the fourth quarter after reports of shots fired near the stadium.

The game was temporarily stopped as a security measure for the players and fans.

However, the shots came from a part of that town that neighbors say is in the grip of a gun violence epidemic.

Those living in Kathy Apartments in Crowley say the complex is notorious for gun violence.

Law enforcement believes the shots that stopped the football game on Friday night likely originated from near the complex.

“We believe that it was in one particular area. The 1200 block of Mocking Bird (Lane). There is an apartment complex nearby, Kathy’s Apartments,” explained Crowley Police Chief Jimmy Broussard.

One resident says the gun violence has gotten so bad that her grandchildren can’t be outside.

“Every day, like I say every day. They shoot all the time,” said the anonymous resident.

The resident had a stray bullet enter her car and lodge inside an air vent in her dashboard.

“Went through the back, from the back glass, through the seat, and in here,” said the resident.

She says the gun violence is constant, senseless, and argues that law enforcement isn’t doing enough to stop it.

“They not doing nothing about it. They’re not helping us, it takes them hours to get here. They need to do their job. Pick them up and send ’em up,” said the resident.

Kathy Apartments is not in Crowley Police jurisdiction.

So far police have linked a white sedan to the shooting on Friday through surveillance footage.

The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting on Friday night can report to Crowley Police Department at 788-1234 or Crime Stoppers of Acadia Parish at 789-TIPS (789-8477). Callers will remain anonymous.