A 5-year-old girl and a 33-year-old woman died from gunshot wounds Tuesday in a fusillade in Central City, New Orleans police said. A 10-year-old boy had graze wounds to the face and leg, a 20-year-old man was wounded in the wrist and a 24-year-old man was shot in the face, police said.
“It was my grandson’s birthday party,” said a woman, referring to the 10-year-old boy. She said she was sitting on bricks across the street near the Guste high rise when “three dudes came from that direction.”
Initially she thought the weapons in their hands were “play guns.” She said the armed men were shooting at other people who ran to the birthday party area. Police marked about 24 casings.
The 33-year-old woman was shot while driving a green Mazda 3 on Simon Bolivar Avenue. After she was hit, she crashed the car into a utility pole. She had nothing to do with the violence; a bullet traveled about three blocks and hit her, said police.
The 5-year-old girl had gunshot wounds to the abdomen and died at a hospital, police said.