After 2 children shot, Port Arthur PD to increase security in Louis Manor Apartments area

After 2 children shot, Port Arthur PD to increase security in Louis Manor Apartments area

PORT ARTHUR - In the wake of two Port Arthur children shot at Louis Manor Apartments, Police Chief Patrick Melvin tells 12News that the Port Arthur Police Department is looking for ways to make that area safe.

Safety is a number one priority for many people living there, and one woman tells us she is too afraid to let her children go out and play.

"I don't let my kids play outside, too much is going on that I'm afraid," says Antonika Beasley, mother of 3 children.

"I have little ones and you never know what's going to happen," she says.

She's one of the many worried mothers concerned for the safety of their children.

"Two little kids got shot here and if it would have been mine, I would have been on a rampage," Beasley says.

The two children that were wounded are currently recovering, bullets went through their bedroom window striking them in the leg.

"We have a school in between two war zones, you just never know," Beasley explains.

Chief Patrick Melvin tells us that the Port Arthur Police Department, the Mayor, and city council are concerned about the welfare and safety and security of all of the citizens in the community.

He says they are especially concerned for the safety and well-being of the residents of the Louis Manor Apartments and the recent incidents affecting their safety.

The Port Arthur Police Department, in conjunction with the Louis Manor management, will begin a concerted safety strategic effort to address and abate crime 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until further notice within the confines of the complex.

"It's kind of messed up that it makes it hard to even be out here," White says.

"The PAPD and the city council will do whatever we can for the safety and security of all the citizens of Port Arthur," Chief Melvin says.

It's not just about enforcing the law, the department hopes to build a relationship, hoping to make crime prevention easier.

"I feel like they can do more, they can still be that cop, friend, or even helper," Beasley says.

Chief Melvin tells us that the department's priority is the children and the safety of the community.

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