Thursday, January 4, 2007

2007 Murders Map

In case you haven't heard, there have been 6 murders in 2004 thus far and it's only January 4th.

I put together another Google map from news reports. This one has a color overlay of neighborhoods. There's a problem, though. When going through the news reports, I came up with 7 murders. I'm think the report at Josephine is either "just" a shooting (no murder) or is related to the murder 3 blocks away on LaSalle. Anyone know for sure? I don't want to scream conspiracy, but did people just sort of miss one?

Shortly after 12:30 a.m., officers responded to calls of shots being fired in the 2100 block of Josephine Street. They found an unidentified man lying in an alleyway with a handgun nearby. He’d been shot several times and was pronounced dead at the scene.

UPDATE: Yep, it's 7 murders on the year. At this rate, approximately 1 out of every 300 New Orleanians will be murdered by the end of the year. Wow, that really drives it home. 1 out of every 300. It's almost impossible for the killing to continue at that rate for an entire year, but it shows you how bad the crime has gotten. Oh yeah, and don't forget that the summer months are always the most violent.

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