Bastrop apartment residents signing petition for security after deadly shooting

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BASTROP, La. (KNOE) - Bastrop residents living in the Eden Apartment complex are signing a petition for safety. The request comes after a deadly shooting Tuesday night. Police say no suspects are in custody.

Bastrop residents living in the Eden Apartment complex are signing a petition for safety.
Bastrop residents living in the Eden Apartment complex are signing a petition for safety.

Family members say one of those bullets killed Brian Thomas. They say Thomas was a father of two. Officers say he suffered a gunshot to the back of the head in front of his apartment.

One resident, Jose Wilson, says she heard more than 30 gunshots.

"They shoot too much. Especially after what happened last night, I don't want to live here," Wilson said. "People out here don't want to come together. They only want to kill each other."

Lillie Payne lives in the complex too. She says the shooting prompted her to get something done. Payne has started a petition to have an on-site officer patrol the area. She said they used to have security years ago.

"It was no violence, no drama, you know because we had security and felt safe," Payne said.

The property manager says they cameras put cameras up a couple of years ago, but they did not help decrease crime. Residents say the cameras do not work and there is only one working street light.

"I just hope we get back the apartments that we once had," Payne said. "Put the guns down, because once you take a life, you can't get it back."

She said they plan to turn the petition into the mayor after getting as many signatures as possible.