ALGIERS, LA (WVUE) - A member of a well-known New Orleans political family was gunned down in Algiers. The fatal shooting happened in the 300 block of Lebouef St. on Monday.
A number of bullet holes could be seen in cars after the attack. Neighbors say they heard about 40 to 50 shots around 7:15 p.m. in what is normally a quiet neighborhood.
According to preliminary police reports, a white Ford F-150 pulled up and someone inside started shooting.
The victim, Carol Lombard Ross, was standing in the street when she was hit. She was taken to the hospital where she died.
Neighbors said she was a nice lady who was always out cleaning the neighborhood. Residents knew her as "Mama" and said she would do anything for the community.
State Senator Troy Carter (D- New Orleans) is a family friend.
"There's no reason at all to believe that it was intended for her, she was just unfortunately caught in the crossfire of somebody else's issues," said Carter. "The city lost a great community person, you know just a basic good person, big smile is what she will be remembered by, always a hearty laugh."
Carter said Ross was the sister of 2nd City Court Clerk Darren Lombard, the cousin of Judge Edwin Lombard of Louisiana's 4th Circuit Court of Appeal, and sister-in-law of state Alcohol and Tobacco Control Commissioner Juana Lombard.
Ross was 55.
If you have any information about the shooting call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.