NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A 5-year-old girl is among the two dead after a group with gang affiliations opened fire at a young boy's birthday party on May 29, 2012. Now, the gang members allegedly responsible for the bloodshed are standing trial.
Briana Allen, 5, and Shawanna Pierce, 33, were killed in the 1200 block of Simon Bolivar Avenue. Allen was caught in the crossfire when gunfire erupted at a birthday party. Officers say that the shooting was the result of a feud between rival gangs.
Pierce, a mother of three, was driving through the neighborhood when she was stuck by a stray bullet. Pierce was in her car, about a block away from the party, when police say a stray bullet went through her windshield and struck her in the face.
A 10-year-old boy, who the birthday party was for, and two other men were also shot.
Almost a year after the murders, indictments were announced in the case. Police say Demond Sandifer, Samuel Newman, Tyron Harden and Stanton Guillory are charged in the birthday party murders. All are reputed members of the 110ers, a gang that ran the streets of the 10th and 11th Wards. Officials say the gang was responsible for 15 murders from 2008 through May of 2013.
Jury selection began on Monday for Tyron Harden, 21, Sam Newman, 19, and Demond Sandifer, 19. Stanton Guillory is also accused, but is being tried separately.
Jury selection is expected to last several days, according to our partners at Nola.com/The Times Picayune.