Police are investigating the fourth fatal shooting this year on Mohican-Prescott Crossover, an area authorities say is plagued by illegal drug activity.
“It’s a thorn in our side, and it has been for years,” police spokesman Sgt. Don Stone said about the street, which sits between Plank Road and North Foster Drive. “The primary issue there is drugs.”
The latest slaying on the street packed with apartment complexes happened early Friday, Stone said.
Police received a call at 2:15 a.m. about shots being fired in the area near an apartment complex at 4205 Mohican-Prescott Crossover, he said.
When police arrived, they found the body of Michael Williams, 24, 7405 Dan Drive, in the parking lot of the complex, Stone said.
No arrests have been made in the shooting and no suspects have been named, Stone said. The motive for the shooting most likely is drugs, he added.
Police responded to three similar shootings in February.
At 7 p.m. on Feb. 26, police responded to a shooting at 4150 Mohican-Prescott Crossover and found Kevin Scott, 21, lying on the second-floor walkway of an apartment building, police have said.
Police have said Scott, who lived in the apartment building, was shot in the head and died later at a hospital.
Almost three weeks earlier at 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 12, the bodies of two men were found in a grassy area in front of Pine Crest Apartments at 4161 Mohican-Prescott Crossover, police have said.
Calvin Ervin, 46, 4150 Mohican-Prescott Crossover, and Brandon Watson, 30, 4201 Mohican-Prescott Crossover, were pronounced dead at the scene, police have said.
Stone said police consistently monitor the street, which is packed with apartment complexes, and the area would see even more crime if the officers weren’t around.
“We are doing what we can,” Stone said. “But we can’t be there all the time.”
Another issue police face in the area is a limited amount of cooperation from residents and apartment owners.
“Apartment owners need to do background checks on their clients,” he said. “They also need to limit the amount of people allowed to loiter.”
Residents, Stone said, need to share what they know about crimes committed in the area. That information needs to get to police, he added.
All of the killings police have been called to on Mohican-Prescott Crossover this year are unsolved.
Anyone with information about the shootings can contact police at (225) 389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344- STOP or (225) 344-7867.