“I see this with my own eyes every day. The other one held me with a gun right back there where they killed those people.”
Baton Rouge’s homeless population is in fear
“I’m scared of them; I’m scared to death of them. I won’t even come down here.”
Claiborne Rushing said, the recent news of three homeless people being killed while sleeping is horrifying.
“I won’t even come down here, I’ll starve a lot of time because of fear of coming down here and being targeted” said Rushing.
Friday evening, Baton Rouge police said, they believe those murders are connected.
“When we hear of something like this happening, it’s devastating.”
Michael Alcado with Saint Vincent de Paul said, their mission is to be a safety net.
“We are a place of refuge, a place of hope” said Alcado.
Rushing said, Alcado’s words are true but criminals see that and opportunity to prey on the area.
“This is where they are targeting people. People getting off the bus, people trying to get help at the drop in and St. Vincent De Paul” said Rushing.
He said, he too, has been a victim of senseless violence against homeless people. While he prepared to deal with the dangers of Baton Rouge’s streets.
He said, he’s seeking safety, because it seems he, a homeless man has a target on his back.
“That’s no game hurting people, you know, it’s serious.”