Shooting victims refuse to cooperate with Jennings Police - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Shooting victims refuse to cooperate with Jennings Police

by Brandon Richards bio | email

JENNINGS, LA (KPLC) - Jennings Police are feeling frustrated and worried after four violent crimes in the last two weeks. All four crimes remain unsolved.

"With witnesses and victims not cooperating with law enforcement, we're unable to get our job done," Jennings Police Detective Danny Semmes said. "We're unable to make arrests in these cases."

The most recent crime occurred late Monday night in the 400 Block of King Street. Police responded to a report of gunshots. No one was injured, but police say the victim in this case refuses to answer any of their questions.

Police are also looking information that could help solve three other crimes.

Last week, two men showed up to Jennings American Legion Hospital. One man had been shot in the hand. Another man showed up earlier in the week with a stab wound to his neck.

Hospital officials notified police, however neither man cooperated with authorities.

A fourth case involves a man who sustained a gunshot wound to his leg on Shirley Drive. The incident happened last Monday. The man claims a gun went off in his bed after the firearm somehow became tangled in his sheets.

Police aren't buying the man's version of events, calling it impossible.

Authorities think other people, besides the victims, have more information about the crimes, but are afraid to be labeled as snitches. Police say this kind of thinking is something they're starting to see more and more in the streets.

 "[It's] getting worse where victims of crimes want to not cooperate with law enforcement out of fear or retribution or just the possibility that they want to take matters into their own hands," said Semmes.

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