Caddo Commissioner Joyce Bowman's call for action against violence in her Queensborough neighborhood hasn't gone ignored. Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover says he welcomes Bowman's passion and calls for citizens to help police.
"Continue to work with us," Glover said. "Continue to pass information along to us. Continue to help us come up with where it is we have bad things happening."
However, Shreveport police tell KTBS that the violence isn't as bad as it may seem.
"Often times, the gun crimes or the shooting calls that do come out are in close proximity to each other," police spokesperson Jim Taliaferro said. "So, therefore it gives you the overall impression that gun crime is run rampant."
In fact, major crime statistics say in April 2012 District 7, which Queensborough lies in along with Allendale, Lakeside and others, has had less crime compared to April 2011. Taliaferro says police see no immediate reason to beef up patrols in the area.
"So at this time because of the recent incidents there is no indication that police patrols are warranted," he said.
Taliaferro says there are programs in place to help citizens inform officers about criminals in their community.
"Not only in the Queensborough area but city wide," he said. "We have a variety of programs, such as the Crime Stoppers program or the Don't Shoot, I Want to Grow Up program, which encourages citizens to generate information to the police."
It's those programs police hope Bowman and the Queensborough community will use to end the violence.
Taliaferro says most of the recent gun crimes have been crimes of passion or individual cases. Mayor Cedric Glover confirms that the violence is not gang related.