Homicide toll for first quarter exceeds that of same period in 2012
Tulane Criminologist Peter Scharf says with two days left in the 1st Quarter of 2013, New Orleans has exceeded the murder count of the 1st Quarter of 2012.
As of Friday morning, the murder count stood at 42, the same as last year. On Friday night, the number rose to 43 with the shooting death of a 24-year-old man in the 2600 block of Lasalle Street.
Scharf says it's a statistic that is "troubling and bewildering".
"It's the inability of the system, either through prevention or through police action, to control this that is very troubling," Scharf said.
Scharf points out that the murder count tends to be lower in the first quarter and higher during the summer. The murder count since the first of the year would have been lower had it not been for a spike in murders in March.
Scharf says it's not known what the 1st Quarter count means for the rest of the year, but it's hoped that it will start to trend down.