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Shreveport Mayor outlines three actions to reduce homicides

SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) – A teenager is accused of fatally shooting another teenager over the weekend.

For Shreveport, the death of Tyniece Haley marks the 16th homicide of the year.

The 18-year-old died after being shot in front of an ice rink.

Her death comes as city leaders say they are working on new plans to combat the violence.

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“If we can find out who these people are and get them off the streets before they have a chance to commit murder, that would be very important,” Mayor Tom Arceneaux said.

Without going into details, the mayor said a big part of the city’s plans is to get illegal guns off the streets. “Virtually every murder that has been committed has been committed with an illegally owned gun.”

In addition to confiscating illegal guns, the city government also plans to work with the Shreveport Police Department on new initiatives to thoroughly investigate crimes through the real-time crime center and increase police visibility in high-crime areas.

“We hope that what we are going to do will reduce the number of homicides,” Arceneaux said.

Shreveport had 86 homicides in 1993 and another 86 in 2021, making them two of the worst years for homicides in the city, according to the Shreveport Police Department. Last year, the city recorded 52. With 16 homicides in less than three months into the new year, Shreveport faces another deadly year.

While some find the rate of recent homicides alarming, the mayor said, “Every homicide is alarming to me because it’s someone’s child, someone’s parent, someone’s brother, sister, someone’s friend.”

He claimed many of the recent murders were linked. “We think many of these are related; There is very serious investigation into who the people might be.”

The Shreveport Police Department released a statement regarding the recent killings, which said in part:

“In relation to the recent murders we have witnessed, our investigators are working diligently to solve them. Each murder is considered individually.”

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