So far, 350 people have been shot this year in New Orleans. On Sunday, an additional 8 victims were added to the tally. Sunday went down as the most violent day this year in New Orleans so far.
Six shootings between 12:55 a.m. and 11:40 p.m. Sunday (June 18) left eight people wounded. The violence stretched from the Lower 9th Ward to New Orleans East, Hollygrove, Central City and Hoffman Triangle.
The tally of gunshot victims is among New Orleans’ highest for any single day in 2017, a year in which nearly 350 people have been killed or wounded by gunfire — an average of two people every day.
The shootings were not clustered in one part of the city. Instead, the shootings took place all over New Orleans.
Here are some of the writeups of the attacks across the city.
12:55 a.m., Airline Highway and Palmetto Street
Two men, ages 24 and 23, were driving in Hollygrove when another vehicle pulled alongside them and opened fire, striking both, police said. The victims were taken by EMS to an area hospital.2:13 a.m., 5100 block of St. Claude Avenue
A 47-year-old man was in the 5100 block of St. Claude Avenue in the Lower 9th Ward when police said he got into a fight with “an unknown subject.” A preliminary NOPD report stated shots were fired and the victim realized he was struck. A private vehicle took him to a hospital.
1:58 p.m., Aberdeen Road and Benson Street
The male victims, ages 20 and 17, were near Aberdeen Road and Benson Street in the Little Woods neighborhood of New Orleans East when someone in a black vehicle opened fire, according to the NOPD. A private vehicle took them to an area hospital.6:01 p.m., Interstate 10 at Orleans Avenue
A shooting on Interstate 10 left a 29-year-old man injured and caused a temporary closure of traffic lanes at the Orleans Avenue/Vieux Carre exit, according to the NOPD.
The victim was in a vehicle traveling on the eastbound side of the highway when another vehicle pulled alongside him and opened fire, police said.
The victim was not believed to have life-threatening injuries, police said. He was brought to West Jeff Hospital in a private vehicle.
Dan Fagan wrote about the last shooting earlier today.
Crime is out of control in New Orleans. The mayor and the city council need to work on solving this problem. Maintaining public order is the first job of local government and so far New Orleans city government is failing at it.