A 9-year-old was killed and two teenagers were wounded Monday in a shooting in the Seventh Ward, according to the NOPD.
New Orleans Police Supt. Shaun Ferguson said one of the victims, the 9-year-old, died at the scene from a gunshot wound to the head.
A 13-year-old was shot in the leg and a 15/16-year-old was shot in the stomach.
The chief said when it comes to social justice versus social injustice, the community needs to take a look at itself.
Police initially believed the murdered victim was 10, but the boy’s father told WWL-TV that he was even younger, and would have had his birthday at the end of the month.
Ferguson said the victims were approached on foot by at least one suspect, who opened fire on them.
No information was released about a motive or possible suspects in the triple shooting. Ferguson said more updates would come as investigators confirmed information.
Ferguson said the two surviving victims are in stable condition.
Authorities encourage anybody with information about the shooting to contact Crimestoppers at (504) 837-8477.
“I am pleading with you, the community, to come forward with any information,” Ferguson said. “We do not want any street justice. We do not want any more blood on our streets.”
“This is a very active investigation,” he said. “This is the very beginning stages of the investigation.”
The shooting happened in the 2100 block of Pauger Street around 5 p.m.
Police and New Orleans EMS officials at one time said a fourth victim was possibly connected to the incident, but subsequently learned that only three victims had been shot.
“What is it we are accepting as a norm that should not be accepted as a norm with this black on black violence?” Ferguson asked. “We are better than this New Orleans.”
NOPD had earlier reported four victims on the scene, but later revised it to three.
Mayor LaToya Cantrell said there were witnesses to the crime.
“We know that people were out and about in this neighborhood at the time of the incident,” she said as authorities pleaded for information.
Police say anyone who has information should call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111 or toll free at (877) 903-7867 (STOP). Callers to Crimestoppers do not have to leave their names and may be eligible for a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest and indictment.