(FixThisNation.com) – New Orleans is widely considered one of the most historic cities in the country. Still, 2022 was not a good year for the city which is usually filled with tourists, food, and culture. Violent crimes have widely risen within the city, leading to many considering last year a particularly bad one.
Jeff Asher, a crime analyst who is employed by the City Council, said that this year has been “horrific. According to the data from September, there were 52 homicides per 100,000 residents within the city in the past year. This makes New Orleans the new “Murder Capital” of the country, as St. Louis had previously been considered to be the most dangerous city and had 45 homicides per 100,000.
Violence was not only high in September. Overall, in 2022, there were 280 homicides bringing the homicide rate to around 70 per 100,000 people.
The New Orleans PD told Fox News Digital that according to their end-of-year tallies, there had been 277 homicides and not 280.
The end of the year saw the death of local comedian Brandon “Boogie B. ” Montrell who was shot outside a grocery store. Two teenagers were also shot during a house party and a juvenile shot a man in the French Quarter. By Dec. 28 the city had reached 277 homicides, which marks the highest number of homicides in New Orleans in more than two and a half decades.
In 2022 crimes overall increased. According to the Metropolitan Crime Commission data, shootings have increased by 88%, carjackings by 156%, and armed robberies by 20% since 2019.
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