There are a number of dead and wounded in New Orleans after a particularly violent weekend. Six shootings throughout the city led to five deaths and injuries to 11 others, including two small children.
According to The Times-Picayune, the first shooting that kicked off the dead and wounded in New Orleans on this string of violent episodes was a drive-by shooting on Friday evening. Two men were hit. On Saturday morning, two men were shot and killed while they were riding in a Toyota Corolla. Saturday night, a 25-year-old man was at his home when he heard shots and he discovered he had been hit in the hand when he ran to check on the situation. He is said to be in stable condition.
Also on Saturday night, two men were shot and injured at the B.W. Cooper housing development. Sunday morning, things took a violent and deadly turn for four friends staying at the French Quarter Westin Hotel. Around 6:25 am, one man, who is believed to have been intoxicated, shot his friend in the chest. The two other friends ran to get police. The shooter, a 20-year-old man, initially refused to come out of the hotel room. He pointed a pistol at authorities, and a stand-off began. Around 9:30 am, police heard a gunshot, and it seems the shooter had killed himself. The victim from the incident is said to be in stable condition.
The final shooting that led to dead and wounded in New Orleans happened Sunday evening. This was another drive-by shooting, and it was the incident with the highest number of victims. Two people were killed and five were injured. Two toddlers were among those shot. This incident happened in the Lower Ninth Ward and those who were hit were standing in front of a house. Two little boys, ages 2 and 4, were in critical condition. A woman and man were killed and several others were hit.
According to WWLTV, the woman killed in that Lower Ninth Ward incident was 16-year-old Jasmine Anderson, who was due to go back to school on Monday. Additionally, it is reported that one of the females hospitalized is the mother to the two toddlers. The 2-year-old was apparently shot in the eye while the 4-year-old was shot in the head. Authorities are looking for a dark-colored vehicle, which may be a Honda Accord with a Louisiana commercial license plate, for this last incident that left five dead and wounded in New Orleans. While gun violence in New Orleans is nothing new, this past weekend stands out to many as having been particularly violent.
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