Mar 052013

A gun is drawn outside the door of Cajun Express in the 4100 block of Washington Avenue in surveillance video of a fatal shooting there Monday afternoon. (via NOPD)

LaToya Cantrell

Following a fatal shooting Monday near Washington and Broad, City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell issued a statement Tuesday afternoon condemning the three murders in two years and deeming the Cajun Express store that the shooting took place outside of as a “public nuisance.”

The revitalization of the Broad Street corridor was a key component of Cantrell’s election campaign, and she pledges to work to eliminate the excessive loitering outside the Cajun Express store.

Cantrell’s statement follows in full:

“It is time that we make the 4100 block of Washington Avenue safe for the residents who live along this commercial corridor. After yesterday’s shooting, this stretch of roadway is now home to three murders in less than two years. We are experiencing far too many unnecessary deaths and I urge the residents of this community to work with me in eliminating what was become a public nuisance in the form of crime and excessive loitering outside of Cajun Express. In the interim, I encourage area residents to contact Crimestoppers to anonymously report criminal activity at 1-877-903-STOP. Together, we can solve this and make our community safer.”

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