Winnsboro to possibly ban block parties after young woman's death

WINNSBORO, La. (KNOE) - Winnsboro could possibly ban block parties after a young woman was shot and killed last month.

Winnsboro could possibly ban block parties after a young woman was shot and killed last month. (Source: KNOE)

21-year-old Waneisha Bush was at a birthday party in the areas of Blanson and Smith Streets in July when she was killed by a stray bullet.

"Every person in this city after that tragedy that's a parent, should be in an uproar. We cannot have that happen again," said District 5 alderman Rex McCarthy.

Alderman Rex McCarthy wants to make sure nothing like this happens again, so a committee was formed to design new ways to better protect people in the city.

McCarthy and his committee comprised of fellow alderman Jerry Johnson and Police Chief Will Pierce, are promoting to eliminate block parties and require permits for private events.

"An 'A Class Permit' will be if you have a group of 75 people. So 75 people you will have to get permitted. If you go to 100 people then you will have to get a 'B Class Permit', and with that permit you will have to get a form of security,'" said McCarthy.

To apply for a permit, you would come into city hall and pay a small permit fee. An ‘A Class’ permit for at least 75 people would cost $10, and a ‘B Class’ for at least 100 people would could $20. Only people over the age of 12 would be considered in the crowd number.

The ordinance will be presented to the council at their meeting on Monday. Offenders who don't abide by the rules will have their event shut down.

"The first thing that they will check is to see if they have a permit. If they don't have that permit based on that, and its 75 or more people, then they're going to shut it down. No if, ands, or buts about that," said McCarthy.

He says this will help police know where and when events are happening so they can better police the area.

"There's only a few people sometimes that come in with that foolishness, listening to that foolish music that they listening to, that I call the evil music. But again we are trying to make sure we protect those individuals. If I'm throwing a private gathering, my interest is protected. I don't want anyone walking in from the street. Because a lot of time they see gatherings going on, that attracts people like flies," said McCarthy.

His goal is to make sure no family experiences the same pain the Bush's endured just a few weeks ago.

"We're sending the message out that this will not be tolerated, not here it's not," said McCarthy.

Monday’s meeting starts at 6 p.m.