Shots fired at police officer wake neighborhood with far too familiar sound

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POSTED: Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 5:15pm

UPDATED: Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 5:19pm

People living in the neighborhood where those shots were fired last night say the crime problem just keeps getting worse. One woman wishes Baton Rouge could go back to the way it used to be.

Times have changed since Yvonne Fort moved to her neighborhood 20 years ago.

“When I first moved here, things was quiet,” she says. “There was a lot of homeowners. Now, there's a lot of section eights that has taken over, and you've got kids that don't go to school and families worry about it.”

She says those problems have caused more violence on her street.

“Now people are afraid to walk ‘cause you don't know when a bullet could come from anywhere.”

Fort woke up in the middle of the night to something she never would have expected to see years ago.

“My husband woke me up and he said it was five gunshots. Then, I got up and I looked out and police were everywhere!”

But now, it's not so surprising.

“The way things are happening in our neighborhood, it's getting worse, its getting worse,” she says. “If they would take a chance at shooting the police, you know where you stand.”

The crime tape left behind isn't just from last night's shooting. The residents living at there have too much crime.

“The first time I've ever witnessed anybody getting murdered was down the street and then two weeks ago my neighbor right there got shot at the intersection, right there.”

Fort, scared and sad about the way her community has changed is keeping the faith -- that something can be done to fix the problem.

“The world is the world. I'm just praying.”

Fort says she's actively trying to fix crime in her neighborhood.

She says she keeps in touch with police and her councilwoman on a regular basis.
 

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