NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - In a matter of hours, NOPD officers responded to four separate shootings, and Jefferson Parish deputies were called to another on Tuesday evening.
In all, two people were killed; seven - including a toddler - were injured.
The first incident happened just before 5:30 p.m. in the 1700 block of Laharpe Street. Police said a man was sitting on the porch of a home holding a 2-year-old boy when he got into a confrontation with two subjects in a gray Infiniti. The subjects opened fire, shooting the man several times. The toddler was shot once in the leg. A woman at the scene said the victims were her 39-year-old son and her grandson. She said the boy was likely to recover. The man later died at the hospital.
The second incident happened just before 6 p.m. in the 1400 block of Lafreniere Street, where a man was found shot and was hospitalized in critical condition.
The third incident happened in Gert Town at about 7 p.m. at the corner of Fern and Olive streets, where a 19-year-old man was found fatally shot. Three other victims, all adult males, arrived at the hospital with gunshot wounds from the same scene. All are listed in critical condition. Witnesses in the area told police they saw a dark-colored Ford F-150 pickup truck speeding from the scene.
In Jefferson Parish, a shooting was reported just before 8 p.m. in the 1100 block of Scotsdale Drive in Harvey. That victim, a male, was hospitalized in critical condition.
In the most recent incident in Orleans, a man was shot in the leg at about 9 p.m. in the 500 block of S. Cortez Street. There was no information on his condition.
Citizens with information that can help solve this crime are asked to call Crimestoppers at 822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP. You could receive a cash reward of up to $2,500 for the information leading only to the arrest, except on homicides, where Crimestoppers will pay half of the reward upon the arrest and half on the indictment of the responsible person(s). You do not have to give your name nor testify to receive the reward but you must contact Crimestoppers directly with your information. Citizens can also submit an anonymous tip online to Crimestoppers at www.crimestoppersgno.org