Public safety concerns after Lafayette shooting
BATON ROUGE- Law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge are beefing up security in the wake of the tragedy in Lafayette. Officials are encouraging the public to let this tragedy open their eyes to possible dangers around them.
Two people were killed and nine others were injured when a gunman opened fire in a Lafayette movie theater. The shooter turned the gun on himself when he saw police outside the theater.
The shooting sparked debates throughout the state about police presence in public locations.
Baton Rouge Constable Reginald Brown, Sr. says he hopes people will learn from what happened in Lafayette, and start paying more attention to what’s going on around them.
“I’m just not going to let someone stop me from going to the movies or going to the shopping center,” said Brown. “It’s unnecessary for me to stop, but it is necessary for me to become more cautious and careful.”
Baton Rouge resident, Mathieu Pitre, says he believes most people are good individuals and he’s not going to let one man’s actions affect how he lives his life.
“My mentality is, well he’s gone. That guy was the outlier, not everyone is crazy,” said Pitre.
Louisiana residents say they hope the state can band together to weather the tragedy. Many say they want to honor the shooting victims and let this hardship make the entire community stronger.