Tigerland resident considering moving out following Friday morning homicide

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – People living in Tigerland said they’re fed up with the violence after another person was gunned down on Friday morning.

One mother who wished to remain anonymous said she’s concerned and frustrated, pleading for the senseless violence to stop.

“I don’t want my kids to be scared while in their own house. It’s nothing but violence. Look, anytime we hear gunshots we just go to the room and lay down until it’s done with. We don’t even open the door or come outside,” said the mother.

Baton Rouge Police said Jaques Jones, 27, was shot multiple times in the 4700 block of Tigerland Avenue Friday morning.

The incident happened at an apartment complex only feet away from where the mom lives with her nine and 10-year-old kids.

East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore called the complex “troubled.”

Last year, BRPD raided one of the units and killed a man who shot at them and in 2019, two more people were shot and killed.

Moore said if they wanted to they could shut the complex down for five years. He said safety measures were taken following the first two incidents, but it doesn’t seem like it’s helping curve the crime.

“We filed a notice of intent to seek a petition to declare it a nuisance and we did file a notice with the owner, eventually sued the complex and had a preliminary junction ruled against him,” said Moore.

The mother said her kids’ safety is a top priority is considering leaving the area, having no faith in any change in Tigerland.

“I just want it to stop because innocent people are getting killed for no reason. I don’t have faith at all, I don’t. It just been going on and like I say, it’s worse this year so I don’t think it’s going to change,” said the mother.

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