Toddler’s slaying in shootout at BW Cooper prompts call for return of National Guard


The fatal shooting of a toddler in the crossfire of a drive-by at the B.W. Cooper projects Sunday afternoon has prompted one state lawmaker for the return of the National Guard to the streets of New Orleans, according to our partners at WWL-TV.

A 19-year-old man was walking near the 3300 block of Erato shortly before 5 p.m. Sunday when two vehicles — a white SUV and a grey Honda or Acura — appeared and started shooting at him, according to an NOPD news release. He ran into a courtyard full of children, but the shooting continued, critically wounding him and striking Keria Gordon in the head, killing her four days before her second birthday, the release states.

A 9-year-old boy was wounded by gunfire under very similar circumstances around 3:30 p.m. Sunday in New Orleans East. On Sunday evening, state Rep. Austin Badon announced that he will formally request that Gov. Jindal return the National Guard to help patrol the streets of New Orleans, he told WWL.

8 thoughts on “Toddler’s slaying in shootout at BW Cooper prompts call for return of National Guard

  1. Instead of the national guard, who get an MOS in smoking cigarettes at drill, How about state troopers. Traditionally they do not work the NOLA streets. They never write DUIs in NOLA. They work special events on bourbon and work at harrahs. They turn a blind eye when driving through Orleans Parish. You never see any in the 9th ward, but as soon as you get to chalmette, they are helping St. bernard Cops. They help out JPs but for some reason cannot or will not work in Orleans Parish. Just like everyone else they know it is worthless. They arrest them, and either the jail doesent give the right paperwork, gives them the wrong court date or the Sheriff does it his own way and they are let free. Maybe it is time to get some intelligent cops who are proud of the badge they are behind.

  2. This is probably necessary, but only if used in conjunction with improvements in law enforcement over the long term. We simply cannot continue to have a corrupt and inept police force and expect that crime will not continue at unacceptable levels.

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