2-year-old Boy Killed In Parked Car Near Second Line Celebration

jeremy galmon shooting1A gunman shot at a moving car and killed a 2-year-old boy in a parked car shortly after a midafternoon foot parade had passed by, New Orleans police said.

Investigators said Jerremy Galmon was shot in the face. He died Sunday at a hospital, according to Officer Garry Flot, a police spokesman.

The shooting was on a Central City block that the Young Men Olympian Junior Benevolent Association’s second-line parade had just passed.

“It was about two blocks away from the second line – there were plenty of police in the area almost immediately after the shooting,” Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas said.

Investigators found a gun and were investigating whether it was the one that killed Galmon, Flot said.

Alison McCrary, who volunteers with the Louisiana Justice Institute for second-line parades, said she heard eight gunshots.

Flot said witnesses told investigators the gunman got out of a dark blue four-door vehicle, possibly an older model Impala, and got back in after the shooting. Officers saw and chased the car, but it got away on Interstate 10, Serpas said.

Serpas and Mayor Mitch Landrieu urged people to report anything they know about the shooting.

“The criminal justice system will not work if people don’t come forward,” Landrieu said.

Serpas said, “Somebody knows what happened; somebody’s child knows what happened.”