Residents angry after gunman opens fire near group of children, striking 1

Residents angry after gunman opens fire near group of children, striking 1

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Treme residents were angry Tuesday afternoon after a gunman who fired into a crowd of kids and wounded a 2-year-old girl who was playing on her grandmother's stoop.

The NOPD is asking the public for help in finding a suspect. In the 1100 block of Gov. Nicholls where the shooting occurred, it was all anyone was talking about.

"I think it's a shame that children can't play outside and enjoy life," said Kandy Espadron, who lives across the street from the shooting.

"That could have been your child," neighbor Sassey Joseph said. "Somebody needs to say something."

Police believe the gunman came from around the corner on St. Claude Avenue, hid behind a tree on Gov. Nicholls, and then started firing into a group of four children playing near one adult Monday just before 8:30 p.m.

"Several kids were playing in the front yard, and an unknown African-American male approached and fired several shots and struck her in the left leg," NOPD Commander Otha Sandifer said.

The shooting happened a half-block from the French Quarter, and while police have some surveillance video, they say it's not enough to make an identification.

"That's why we need someone to come forward. We know somebody knows who this individual is," Sandifer said.

Police are still trying to determine who the gunman was targeting.

"There was one adult male in the group, and it's yet to be determined if he was the target. That's still under investigation," Sandifer said.

The little girl is expected to be okay. On Tuesday she was in stable condition and recovering at Children's Hospital.

"She's in good condition. Thank God for that," Sandifer said.

"Oh my God, I'm so glad," Joseph said. "It's sad that it had to happen like that, but I'm so glad and thankful that the baby is still here, and the mama doesn't have to bury that child."

Residents are angry.

"My children have to stay inside. They shoot in the morning, evening and night. It's not safe anymore," Joseph said.

"Tourist section is right around here, and they have to watch for themselves. They come to enjoy it," Espadron said.

Police and residents hope someone comes forward to help them solve this crime. Despite four cameras and several witnesses, police don't have a motive or a good description of the gunman.

Anyone with information that could help police is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822 1111.

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