A 5-year-old girl and a 33-year-old woman were killed Tuesday evening on Simon Bolivar Avenue when a group of men opened fire at a birthday party for a 10-year-old boy, who was among three people who were also hit by the gunfire but survived, police said.
The gunmen were caught on video, and police are asking for the public’s help identifying them. The full text of the NOPD news release is below:
New Orleans Police are asking your help in identifying 3 gunmen who opened fire on a group of family and friends tonight who were celebrating a little boy’s tenth birthday. The shooting happened at about 5:45pm in the 1200-block of Simon Bolivar Avenue.
Currently, the 10-year-old boy, who has a graze wound to his face and was also shot in the leg, is hospitalized in stable condition. His 5-year-old cousin, who was a guest at his party, was also shot, and died of her wounds at the same hospital earlier this evening.
A 33-year-old woman who was apparently driving to the party, was just a block away from the gathering when she was hit by a stray bullet that went through her windshield and struck her face. She, too, died soon afterwards at the hospital.
2 adult males who were also at the party were wounded. Neither suffered life-threatening injuries.
New Orleans detectives obtained surveillance video of the three gunmen getting out of a car, then leaving the camera’s view while they went to shoot into the birthday party crowd. Then the video shows the men running back to the car and peeling off. Preliminary information suggests the car is a silver, 4-door, late model Nissan Maxima.
“There is no better or more appropriate word to describe the men who opened fire on a child’s birthday party than ‘cowardly’”, said Superintendent Ronal Serpas. “They saw the kids. They saw the balloons the family had used to decorate the house. And they proceeded to pull the trigger…Taking a 5-year-old girl’s life, and wounding her 10-year-old cousin.”
“This happened in broad daylight. I implore the people of this neighborhood to contact our detectives and tell them what they saw, so we can put away these child killers who obviously have no respect for life”.
“The will of the people of New Orleans is far stronger than the heinous acts of these cowards”, Serpas said.
If you know anything about this shooting, please call CrimeStoppers at (504)822-1111. You will not have to give your name, and if the information you provide helps in making an arrest and eventual indictment in this case, you could be eligible for a cash reward.
For more on the shooting, see the following report from our partners at WWL-TV: