LAFAYETTE – Tuesday night’s shooting at Brown Park allegedly happened during an attempt hold an event to stop gun violence by turning to boxing.
One owner of a local boxing club says, while their heart was in the right place, there’s a better way to do it.
“I had some ex-boxers and boxers that were involved that they tried to do something positive,” says Shelton Leblanc
Leblanc owner of backstreet boxing club says his kids were not involved in the shooting, but he doesn’t condone non sanctioned fights.
“If you like fighting that much, there’s a place you can do it,” says Leblanc, “You know, without the guns, the gloves.”
Leblanc says his club has adopted the saying “Gloves up Guns Down.” But it still has to be done in a safe environment.
Says Leblanc, “If you don’t have a controlled environment, there’s not like you can pat these kids down and, you know, you get in the ring. You know, so you have to have a controlled environment.”
This is also a rule that is strictly enforced by USA boxing.
“If you’re a registered boxer with USA boxing, you can’t do that,” explains the boxing club owner, “Like MMA, boxing, anything else, fighting, you can’t do that. You know, you have to have head hears and all the protective gears.You have to do it in a controlled environment.”
The Brown Park fight night was done in honor of the late Brandon Broussard, who lost his life to gun violence in August 2018.
Broussard trained at Leblanc’s gym in Carencro, a place he says provides a safe outlet for young people looking to channel their frustrations.
“We teach our kids how to be productive young men,” says a passionate Leblanc, “You know because at my gym you can’t sag, you can’t curse, you can’t – I mean there’s a lot of rules that we have and they take that home.”
The 19 year old shooting victim did not sustain life-threatening injuries. Lafayette police say that the investigation is still ongoing.