Mayor Ronnie Williams Jr. held a press conference on Aug. 13 to address several acts of senseless shootings that have occurred in the Natchitoches community over the past few days.
“We will not tolerate violence in our city,” he said. “It will take all of us working together, from faith leaders to educators to law enforcement to community activists to develop a sustainable solution.”
Interim Police Chief Harmon Winters provided some information on the two shootings. The first shooting was in the 900 block of MLK Drive and the second one was in the 100 block of Sylvan Drive. They are aggressively seeking a suspect regarding the second homicide. At this present moment there are several leads, but it will take some time to make sure there is sufficient evidence collected to insure successful prosecution.
Winters also added that if any parents with children and guns in their homes can call the police department to come out and recover the weapon if they’re feeling concerned.
Natchitoches Parish Schools Superintendent Dr. Grant Eloi and School Board President Steven Harris were present.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our students,” he said.
Dr. Eloi said the district will continue to provide grief counseling for students and staff. While the shooting did not occur on a school campus, the district is in the midst of a review of its security. They are collaborating with local law enforcement to make sure campuses across the parish are as secure as possible. The Sheriff’s Office and City Police are also providing an increased presence in City schools.
“We stand in solidarity with the City, the Mayor and the police in our stand against violent crime,” Eloi added.
City Council member Chris Petite offered condolences to the victim’s family on behalf of all the Council members. Petite, City Council Chair Betty Sawyer-Smith, Eddie Harrington, Rosemary Washington and City Attorney Alex Washington were in attendance.
If you would like to report suspicious activity please contact the Natchitoches Police Department at (318) 352-8101. Remember all information given shall remain confidential.
You can also report a tip anonymously by calling Natchitoches Crime Stoppers at (318) 238-2388. All tips remain confidential and the caller can receive a cash reward up to $2,000 for the arrest of an offender.
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