Too much crime, say people living at Lake Charles apartment complex

Place Vendome Shooting

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - People who live inside the Place Vendome apartment complex say the violence must stop after a man was shot there Aug. 16.

"They're always talking about guns back here, they're always talking about something crazy," said residents Ashley & Ivy Lee.

"Normally stuff like this is just shots, random people playing around just doing stuff like that, this is one where somebody actually got hurt and someone we know," said Ashley.

Right now few details have been released in the shooting investigation.

When comparing crime in the area to last year, Lake Charles police say violent crimes in the complex have decreased by 62 percent.

However, in 2017 that same community had the second highest violent crime rate in the city.

7News reached out to the apartment complex to see if there were any safety measures currently in place to reassure resident safety, but staff declined to comment.

As of Aug. 17, 2018, Crimes against persons have decreased 62 percent at the Place Vendome Apartment Complex, when compared to the same time frame last year.

This year, there have been the following violent crimes at the location:

AGGRAVATED ASSAULT W/FIREARM 1
AGGRAVATED BATTERY 1
DOMESTIC BATTERY 8
2ND DEGREE BATTERY 1
SIMPLE BATTERY 5

With this most recent shooting, some neighbors feel they need to work together in order to reverse the trend of crime in the area.

Crime tracking a 10-mile radius around the complex in 2017 showed a total of 204 crimes in the region.

MURDER 0
RAPE 8
ROBBERY 19
ASSAULT/BATTERY 177

Thus far this year, Crimes Against Persons have decreased 19 percent within this police beat.

With the recent violence, some neighbors are thinking about how they can address the issue with management.

In regards to Thursday's shooting, the victim was transported to a local hospital where he is listed in stable condition. The investigation is still ongoing.

If anyone has any information regarding the shooting, please contact the Lake Charles Police Department or Crime Stoppers at 337-439-2222. 

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