NEW ORLEANS — Mayor LaToya Cantrell today released the following statement regarding the City’s public safety preparedness and the ongoing investigation into the Canal Street shooting incident:
“The outbreak of gun violence early this Sunday was an ugly aberration and a tragedy for the innocent victims impacted, but it was also a stark reminder of the preparedness and the responsiveness of our public safety teams,” said Mayor Cantrell. “Our NOPD officers worked seamlessly with partners from the Louisiana State Police, the FBI, the DEA and the ATF to respond immediately and effectively. Our close collaboration with local, state and federal agencies is a critical asset in such a crisis, and we are grateful for their friendship and ready assistance.
“As we look ahead to a busy winter season full of major sporting events welcoming visitors from across the world, and to a bright future as a destination city for sports, entertainment and tourism — we stand proudly behind the men and women of our law enforcement agencies, and we stand together with a strong network of partners all committed to keeping New Orleans safe.
“In the last two days, my fellow elected leaders on every level have reached out to express their support and commitment — including Gov. John Bel Edwards, and Senator John Kennedy. Every one of us is dedicated to putting every available resource behind protecting this City, her people and our visitors. We will continue to build on the tremendous success the NOPD and our partners have achieved in reducing gun violence and safeguarding our major events. We stand ready for a safe and successful season ahead, and we will continue to prove every day that no force in the world can match the NOPD and our partner agencies when it comes to making events in our City — from big nights at the Superdome to second lines in our neighborhoods — safe and successful.”