Mar 132014
 
Police officers surround the intersection of Foucher and South Saratoga Streets, where there people were injured in a shooting Thursday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police officers surround the intersection of Foucher and South Saratoga Streets, where there people were injured in a shooting Thursday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Two women were each shot several times and a man was shot in the foot Thursday afternoon on South Saratoga Street in the Milan neighborhood, New Orleans police said.

The shooting was reported around 3 p.m. in the 3500 block of South Saratoga near the corner of Foucher Street, police said. The women were each struck several times in the body, and the man was hit in the foot, said NOPD Officer Garry Flot.

[Update: One of the women, 19-year-old Renalda Variste, died later Thursday at the hospital, according to the Times-Picayune. The second woman, 49-year-old Sandy George, was pronounced dead of her injuries Sunday evening, the newspaper reported. ]

The shooting scene stretched across much of the block. At least three clusters of evidence cones marking shell casings could be seen — near the corner, in the center of the block, and on the sidewalk by a house.

Neighbors on the scene complained about a history of open-air drug dealing on that section of South Saratoga, which has been a known trouble spot for some time. Last June, the Milan Focus Group scheduled an anti-crime march with the New Orleans Police Department that began at the very same intersection.

The shooting took place just as students were getting out of school, and many children still in their uniforms — including those from Cohen College Prep, just a two blocks away — gathered around the crime tape to watch the investigation unfold.

Anyone with information is urged to call CrimeStoppers at 822-1111 or the NOPD Sixth District at 658-6060.

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