‘You got to respect the people that live here’: Neighbors and Crime Stoppers asking for anonymous tips to solve crimes

Officials with Crime Stoppers ask for public's help solving violent crimes in Baton Rouge

Officials at Crime Stoppers say this case is a prime example of why investigators need your anonymous tips to help solve crimes.

“It was like a damn war zone out there. That’s how many bullets was flying. Repeated bullets,” said one man who lives on Heidel Avenue who did not wish to be identified.

The man was sitting on his porch Tuesday afternoon when suddenly, chaos erupted.

“Yeah, at least 50 shots down there," he said, describing the incident.

“What did it sound like?” asked WAFB’s Lester Duhé.

“Heavy. It wasn’t no small arms, it was big guns,” said the man.

He shielded his family and they took cover.

Two females were shot on Heidel Avenue, including an 8-year-old. They both sustained non-life-threatening injuries, police say.

“It lasted ten minutes at least. The shooting lasted ten minutes,” said the man.

Police arrived at the scene very quickly he says, but there are no suspects at this time.

“And that’s the bottom line. You ain’t got no respect for other people, that’s what happens. They got to respect lives somewhere. You got to respect the lives that live here,” said the neighbor.

This is where things always get tricky, and is why neighbors WAFB spoke with are urging people to anonymously come forward with tips.

“The only way to clean up your neighborhood, if people voice their opinion, call the policemen, and don’t be afraid. Because these things shouldn’t happen in nobody’s neighborhood,” said Chelsea Sanders, who lives on Heidel Avenue.

These instances, like what happened Tuesday afternoon, are why BRPD Sgt. Don Coppola with Crime Stoppers says they need some help.

And you can get some money if you give the police some information.

“It’s all anonymous. We don’t know who you are. We don’t want to know who you are. We just want the information that you have to help investigators solve these crimes,” said Sgt. Coppola.

But the big fear always with coming forward is that somehow, someone will know, and possibly retaliate.

“Crime Stoppers of Greater Baton Rouge has been around around for 38 years. Not once has a tipster’s identity been put out, unless the tipster tells somebody they’ve contacted Crime Stoppers,” said Sgt. Coppola.

“Don’t sit on it [information] and let it keep happening. Because if you let it keep happening, then nothing is going to be done about it,” said Sanders.

A number of community organizations are holding a march Thursday, Oct. 1 in order to bring attention to recent violence in Baton Rouge.

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