Multiple homicides in Bastrop over Thanksgiving weekend

Published: Nov. 30, 2020 at 6:56 PM CST
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Three people were slain in Bastrop over the Thanksgiving weekend after two separate shootings. Now, the community is demanding action to stop the violence. While these acts of violence are disheartening, especially during the holiday season, Bastrop mayor Henry Cotton says it’s nothing new.

The first homicide took place early Friday morning at a home in Bastrop on Burks street. Mayor Cotton says one person was shot and killed during a home invasion.

The second shooting took place Sunday on Resena street. Mayor Cotton says two people were shot and killed in a vehicle.

As police continue to investigate the shootings, the mayor says more needs to be done to stop the violence, not only in Bastrop but all across the country.

“There’s a problem that we have in America and as long as we look at it on a micro-level like an incident in Bastrop with three homicides in one weekend then we’re never going to fix it. Bastrop doesn’t have the resources”, Mayor Cotton said.

He says the city is in the process of installing dozens of cameras throughout the city.

The city of Bastrop is also using new sensor technology called “shots fired” to help police locate the origin of gunshots. The investigation into the homicides is still ongoing.

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