1 arrested, 1 sought in separate shooting deaths of children - FOX 8 WVUE New Orleans News, Weather, Sports

1 arrested, 1 sought in separate shooting deaths of children

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Arabian Gayles Arabian Gayles
Londyn Samuels Londyn Samuels
Keith Ward Keith Ward
Keelen Armstrong Keelen Armstrong

New Orleans, La. - New Orleans police have arrested one man and are looking for another in two recent high-profile shooting deaths of children.

Police arrested 24-year-old Keelen Armstrong in the Aug. 30 shooting of 1-year-old Londyn Samuels, who was killed in the 2800 block of S. Saratoga. Londyn's babysitter was also shot in the incident.

Armstrong was pulled over Wednesday morning for speeding on the I-10 eastbound near the Crowder Boulevard exit. When the officer pulled up Armstrong's record, he found that Armstrong had a suspended driver's license and attachments for his arrest in Gretna, and so he was taken into custody. 

In the meantime, a homicide detective had established Armstrong as a suspect in the baby's killing. Armstrong was relocated to Homicide for questioning, and subsequently booked with one count of first-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder.

Investigators also believe another individual was involved in the shooting, and efforts are being made to locate him, according to Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas.

In the Labor Day shooting death of 11-year-old Arabian Gayles, police are looking for 33-year-old Keith Ward, who investigators say may have information about the night that multiple gunmen fired into a home in the 1300 block of Gen. Ogden. In that shooting, another 11-year-old girl and a 38-year-old man were also hit.

Anyone with information in either case is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

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