POSTED: Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 6:30pm
UPDATED: Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 9:33pm
BATON ROUGE,LA (NBC33) — Four deputies shot in St. John Parish Thursday is the latest in a string of mass shootings that have happened across the country in just the past month.
12 people were killed and almost 60 were injured in that movie theatre shooting in Aurora, Co. that happened back on July 20.
Then just eleven days ago six people died after a shooting a Sihk temple outside Wisconsin, but Thursday's the shooting hit close to home
"It's a scary situation," said Central resident Stanley Fussell. "I think that at any moment someone you know could turn into what you thought was a nice person into a multi killer. "
When a tragedy happens in the United States it doesn't affect just the people in that area. Across the country many feel for the victims and pray something like that never happens in their community. Now Louisianans are having to deal with horrific violence here in their backyard.
"It brings it a lot closer to home it makes me feel very disturbed," said Fussell.
"You don't know your surroundings as well as you think you do," said Baton Rouge resident Donald Eubanks. "People you don't really understand it's really really horrible."
Donald Eubanks say some American's don't appreciate how precious life can be. He says it only takes a small thing to set someone off making that person get violent.
"No respect for human life any more," said Eubanks. "You might get shot just somebody step on your feet."
"We used to go to bed even a couple of years ago without locking our doors at night, but now we have to put security stuff on our houses," said Louisiana resident Vicki Ehrensing.
Ehrensing agrees that times are getting tougher. She says there is only one person who can bring things around in the United States: God.
"People need to pray," said Ehrensing. "I mean the only thing is to bring prayer back. It can't hurt anything. You know it looks like it's hurting stuff without praying without believing."
While people try to digest what happened in Southeast Louisiana, residents in the Bayou State want to make sure that those who protect and serve know they are appreciated.
"I just say thank you," said Fussell. "Thank you from the depths of my heart for you guys doing everyday what you do to protect me and my family."