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.