The two incidents appear to be unrelated, investigators said, but both involve dangerous groups that police are devoting all their resources to bringing to justice.
“We’ve gotten to the bottom of both,” said Lt. Shawn Ferguson at the weekly meeting of NOPD commanders on Friday morning. “We don’t think the they’re related at all.”
The double shooting at Eagle and Earhart was reported around 4 p.m. Thursday. Both the toddler and her father were listed in stable condition afterward and expected to make a full recovery, said Officer Frank Robertson III.
The father appears to have been targeted in retaliation for a feud involving another relative two years ago, even though the father himself was not involved, Ferguson said. The victim has been cooperative, and police are focusing their efforts on the occupants of the vehicle, Ferguson said.
“We can’t stress enough the importance of bringing the occupants of this silver SUV to justice,” Robertson said. “If anyone has any information or the whereabouts of the occupants of the SUV please we are urging them to call Crimestoppers immediately.”
Later on Thursday, a 26-year-old man walked into a Jefferson Parish hospital suffering from several gunshot wounds to his body, and he told the police he was shot in the 1800 block of Eagle Street (near Hickory) around 6 p.m., Robertson said. He was also listed in stable condition, Roberton said.
The victim is well known to police, Ferguson said, and they were aware he was out of jail. He told them at the hospital that he was coming out of a store when a vehicle began chasing him prior to the shooting, Ferguson said, but beyond that has not been cooperative.
The victim is a known associate of the “Taliban” street gang in west Carrollton, eight members of which were indicted on murder, racketeering and other charges last year, Ferguson said. Because of that past, Ferguson said, investigators are treating the case as a priority before it leads to more retaliation.
Anyone with information is urged to call CrimeStoppers at 822-1111.