“I’ve been here about 47 years. What the kids do they ain’t going to let the old people know,” says 97-year-old Arthur Ross.
It’s the so called “young kids” that residents of the Seventh Ward are weary about. NOPD Chief Ronal Serpas has already tied 19-year-old Akein Scott and 24-year-old Shawn Scott, the alleged Mother’s Day shooters, to gang activity in the Frenchmen area, specifically linking them to the Frenchmen and Derbigny Boys.
“The Frenchmen and Derbigny Boys unfortunately have been here since many of us were young officers and it’s generational,” says Supt. Serpas.
In a neighborhood that’s been plagued by generations of violence residents are hesitate to speak. Most stay silent even as District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro and other support groups offer help. Most saying they’ve never heard of gangs around the Seventh Ward.
“They won’t tell us anything, you know? The little kids keep a secret, you tell them something and they keep on walking,” explains Ross.
Even at 97-years-old Arthur Ross admits he doesn’t know everything, but he does say what’s happening to the Seventh Ward is a disgrace.
“Things like that shouldn’t happen because you’ve got old people, you’ve got young people coming to enjoy themselves,” says Ross, “They’re young, you know what I mean? We’ve done a lot of things ourselves, but we never did nothing like this.”