NOPD: 11-year-old boy shot in New Orleans East

11-year-old shot while sleeping in New Orleans East

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - An 11-year-old boy was shot early Wednesday morning in New Orleans East.

According to initial New Orleans Police Department reports, the shooting happened around 4:30 a.m. at the Heritage House apartments in the 8500 block of Chef Menteur Highway.

The boy suffered a gunshot wound to his leg after shots came through a window.

The boy's grandmother said they were sleeping when someone opened fire. She said she felt glass from the window fall on them and asked the boy if he was hurt. It was then they realized he was wounded.

"I just heard gunshots around 4 this morning," she said.

Witnesses said at least seven or eight shots were fired at the apartment.

The grandmother said the shooting stems from a previous dispute with her son, the boy's father.

Family members are emotionally on edge after the shooting with several people coming to and leaving the scene.

Some were crying while others were yelling at each other and neighbors.

The victim's father is angry that his mother's apartment was targeted.

The boy, who was alert and talking to family members and first responders, was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital. His injuries don't appear to be life-threatening.

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