NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - One adult and two children are dead and one person remains in critical condition after a Friday morning quadruple shooting in Gentilly. The shootings happened in the 4200 block of Touro Street.
The victims are identified as Jumyrin Smith, 6, Justin Simms, 10, and Monique Smith, age 30.
The fourth victim has not yet been identified.
New Orleans Police Department Superintendent Michael Harrison described "a very horrific scene."
"We are working to identify a motive. We are working to identify how or why, and of course who would have done this," he said.
The call was initially reported as a triple shooting, but police sources later confirmed that four people were shot.
"It's horrific man. this is horrible," Harrison said. "It breaks everybody's heart. Every murder breaks our heart but to find that children were involved. Multiple people were involved."
While police investigated the shooting, an older couple arrived, who was later identified as the maternal grandparents of the children who lived at the home, according to a report from Nola.com | The Times-Picayune.
The woman collapsed on the ground. The man was overheard telling officers, "Those were my only grandchildren," according to the report.
Witnesses later heard the man say, "Gonna kill innocent f---ing children."
"It's just a hurting thing. It's sad, it's really sad. Nobody values life anymore," said neighbor Pastor Ronald.
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said the quadruple shooting in Gentilly is the type of incident that rattles a city to its core.
"In situations like this you really gotta hang your head and just wonder what in the world it's gonna take for people to understand that we live in a time when the culture of violence is too readily available to us and lives- as precious as these can be taken for no cause," Landrieu said.
Police urge anyone with information about the shooting to call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.
A fund has been set up for the family. More information can be found here.