BATON ROUGE, La. (FOX 44) (LOCAL 33) Three people have been shot to death in the Tigerland area in the past few weeks. This spike in crime has made Tigerland safety a topic of discussion for the LSU Student Government Association.
“Without the attention, without us working to find solutions to this, it’s only a matter of time before a student is involved in one of those serious crimes,” Student Body President William Jewell said.
Jewell believes it’s the responsibility of all parties involved to make sure the area is safe. This includes bar owners, Land lords, the City, and the University.
“One incident is too many,” Jewell said.
Jewell said the LSU SGA is working to be proactive about the situation. “Why wait for something to happen?” Jewell said.
Wayne Williams has lived in the Tigerland area for five years now and said the area is not as safe as it was when he first moved in.
“I have heard gunshots before, and on the street right behind us I particularly remember those it was probably a month and a half or two months ago,” Williams said.
Williams said he used to go on evening walks but now stays inside after dark.
“I stay in pretty much at night, in fact ive been warned by a couple police officers in the area,” Williams said.
Both men agree it will take efforts from all stakeholders to make change.