NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A six-year-old boy is the latest victim of gun violence in New Orleans. The New Orleans Police Department says a stray bullet struck the child in the 1400 block of Alabo in the Lower 9th Ward Sunday afternoon. The child's injuries are not life-threatening, but neighbors say it could have easily been a deadly situation.
While many in New Orleans were glued to the TV watching Saints Sunday football, people in one Lower Ninth Ward watched as police collected evidence from their front yards of what unfolded in broad daylight.
"I heard the little boy hollering 'daddy, daddy, daddy,'" neighbor Gary Slack explained. Police say the six-year-old boy was struck in the knee by a stray bullet, and he suffered injuries that are not life threatening. Meantime, neighbors are shocked it wasn't worse.
Several residents described a lot of gunfire... 15, possibly 20 shots fired. Slack told us he heard, "repeated bullets, big loud noises." Some of the bullets shattered the windows of a nearby car, and one even went through Slack's home.
Slack, who's lived on the block his whole life, said he hit the floor when the gunfire erupted near his front yard. "After the gunfire stopped, I got up and walked outside and seen the car taking the little boy to the hospital," he said.
What's equally disturbing is where another stray bullet ended up, in a bedroom where Slack's nephew was sitting. "He said Uncle Gary look.. a bullet hole went through my head board. Good thing you wasn't laying in bed.. you was sitting over there playing the game," explained Slack.
The bullet went through his nephew's window and then clear through the headboard on his bed, just above the pillow where he could have been sleeping. Slack says he's not surprised. It comes on the heels of a triple shooting that injured a six-month-old on the West Bank last week.
It's this kind of violence that has his 17-year-old nephew who will graduate in a few months, questioning his future in New Orleans.
If you have any information that can help investigators, call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.