Boy, 12, arrested in shooting mother in the head on South Roman Street

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A 12-year-old boy was arrested Wednesday morning after allegedly shooting his mother in the head inside their South Roman Street home, the New Orleans Police Department reported.

The woman, 32, was found unconscious with a gunshot wound to the head shortly after 7 a.m. Wednesday (July 3) at a home in the 1400 block of South Roman Street. She was taken to the hospital and listed in critical condition afterward, police said.

“During the investigation, it was determined that only the victim’s 12-year-old-son and 2-year-old daughter were present inside the residence when the victim was shot,” according to a NOPD news release. “A search warrant of the residence yielded a semi-automatic firearm in the bedroom of the son, along with a single spent casing.”

The boy was arrested on a charge of attempted second-degree murder, the report states.

Further details were not immediately available. Anyone with information is urged to call the NOPD Sixth District station at 504-658-6060 to speak to a detective, or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 to leave an anonymous tip that could be eligible for a cash reward. 

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