January 17, 2018

Residents worried after two shootings at The Arch in one semester

By Nicholas Long —

The Dec. 18 shooting at The Arch apartments that wounded a non-student resident was the second shooting at the apartments in four months.

U of L Spokesperson John Karman said the university will be discussing safety measures with The Arch’s management.

There were no suspects the day after the shooting, and LMPD Spokesperson Alicia Smiley said as of Jan. 12, three weeks after the shooting, no arrests have been made.

U of L student Ciara Price has lived at The Arch for two and a half years.

“Now that there’s shootings, I feel unsafe coming home from work at night by myself,” Price said.

Another student, Elena Berkenbosch moved into The Arch apartments this semester.

“It is The Arch’s responsibility to maintain safety. We pay money to live here so we shouldn’t feel unsafe,” Berkenbosch said.

Berkenbosch said her car was broken into recently while it was parked at The Arch.

The Arch’s Public Relations Agent Mark Evans said the Aug. 30 shooting was an isolated incident, and that the second shooting happened on the street in front of The Arch, not actually within the premises.

Evans said The Arch does thorough background screenings on all residents, and they always remind residents to escort their guests to and from the gated entry. “That way we can make sure the community is secured at all times,” he said.

“I think that ULPD should be doing something because the majority of people who live here are U of L students,” Berkenbosch said.

The Arch falls under the jurisdiction of LMPD. It is considered off-campus housing, but it is affiliated with the university.

Smiley said LMPD will be increasing the frequency of patrols in the area around The Arch as a measure to help ensure residents’ safety.

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