Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Another 'Super Safe Sunday' ends in violence

Francis McCabe:

Thousands wait to get into the Super Safe Sunday event at the state Fair Grounds on Sunday

Despite pleas from organizers for nonviolence, three people were shot and another stabbed as another Super Safe Sunday event turned bloody.

Local radio personality Jabber Jaws, who is also of Jabbo Productions, the group co-sponsoring the event with the city of Shreveport, asked the crowd to go home after the rap concert, held at the Louisiana State Fair Grounds on Sunday evening.

The Super Safe Sunday series is meant to get youths off the streets and curb black on black violence in Shreveport.

At least 5,000 people attended the concert, police said, though that is not an official count.

Jaws, whose real name is Marvin Williams, told the crowd he wanted everyone to have a good time, but also he didn't want there to be any violence at or after the show.

But about 9:30 p.m., between 30 and 40 shots were fired into a crowd in a parking lot on the north end of the Fair Grounds, Shreveport police said.

Muzzle fire from an unknown gun broke through the night sky, said officers describing the scene.

Some people hit the ground avoiding the bullets. Others ran away from the gunfire.

The three victims were taken by private vehicle to Willis-Knighton Medical Center, police said. Two were transferred to LSU Hospital in Shreveport, police said.

Their conditions were not immediately known.

Soon after the shooting, as the crowd filtered out of the Fair Grounds, people near the intersection of Greenwood Road and Jewella Avenue lighted fire crackers and threw them out of passing cars, causing others to run away fearing more gunshots.

About 10:15 p.m., police were called to the 3500 block of Hardy Street, about half a mile from the Fair Grounds, with a report of a stabbing. It was unclear how serious the stabbing was by press time.

Earlier in the evening, several fights broke out inside the Fair Grounds and at least four people were arrested, police said.

Super Safe Sunday has three scheduled events left this summer, on July 10, July 24, and Aug. 7.

On June 12, the first Super Safe Sunday of the summer, a 14-year-old was intentionally hit by a car after the concert. Police recorded five arrests and issued more than 150 motor vehicle citations at the time.

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