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Shooting triggers change at BREC park

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BATON ROUGE- After a man was shot in the neck in the Melrose East neighborhood, community members are rallying to take back a nearby park.

"They gathered up and they started to shoot dice and this is what led to the shooting in the neck," said community leader Carol Thornton, speaking about BREC's Saia Park on North Donmoor Drive. "We shouldn't be having those type of gathering in the park, a park that is designed for family and kids."

The shooting happened a block away from the park on Money Drive, but community members think the argument began near the park.

Thornton claims people do drugs and drink at the park, and now families are too threatened to use it. She wants BREC to post a clear list of rules, and is asking the community to report illegal activity immediately.

"This is what deters our families from bringing the kids to the park, because we have all this loitering going on in the park, drinking, smoking, dope, alcohol and none of this should be on the BREC park," said Thornton. "If you see things that's going on in this park that's not right, call the police department."

Thornton is planning a community event at the park for June 8 to drum up support for children in the area. For more information contact Gracie Putman at 225-615-7344.

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