Days after the Mother’s Day shooting, victims are recounting the traumatizing events and getting a clearer picture of what it will take to recover.
WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter spoke with several about the day they will never forget.
“It was so loud and it sounded like it was coming closer and closer,” victim Willie Hall said. “It was unbelievable to hear shots like that at this great event.”
It was a mass shooting that will forever stain the minds of many; but perhaps no one will remember the nightmare more than the innocent victims caught in the line of fire.
Victims like Willie hall.
“I was trying to see where the shooting was coming from because I don’t like to just run, and I don’t know which way I was running,” Hall said.
10-year-old Ka’nard Allen.
“I was frightened,” his mother Tynia Allen said. “I was frightened I was going to lose my child; and then when I saw the blood going down his jaw.”
And two of the victims were Kim Williams’s family members.
“Not just my nieces, all those people out there that was wounded unnecessarily my heart goes out to them. Uhm, man,” Williams said.
They say memories of the second-line parade are haunting.
“Come on, babe,” a witness said. “Talk to her.” “Talk to her.”
They say they are haunted by images of what started as a joyous mother’s day event that turned tragic, in an instant like a war scene full of terror and fear.
“Everyone was in disbelief everybody it was first panic then anger,” Hall said. “Cause everyone saying this can’t be happening who would do something like this.”
Police say Shawn Scott, 24, and brother Akein Scott, 19, worked together in the attack that left bullet fragments in Hall’s foot and grazed Ka’nard’s face.
It’s the second time in less than a year that he’s been shot.
Last year a bullet hit him in the neck during a shooting at his birthday party.
His 5-year-old cousin Brianna Allen died.
“I’m trying to check on my brother,” a victim’s loved one said.
Sunday’s shooting has admittedly rendered both victims and other spectators emotional wrecks.
“You’re sad, and you’re angry at the same time that somebody could do something like this; to shoot in a crowd with all those innocent people,” Hall said.
“Let her come up. Let her come up,” a witness said as she stood over a victim. “She good. Don’t let her come up.”
“I seen some people shot up pretty bad. I seen one little sister had white tights on, and it was red and blood,” Hall recounted.
“Ka’nard almost lost his life twice, and he’s 10,” Allen said.
It’s been so traumatic; Ka’nard has had trouble sleeping even with his mother watching over him.
Trotter asked, “What have you told him? Just keep the faith, pray and try to move on from that,” Allen replied. “The same thing I told him last year.” “Pray before you go to sleep, pray before you wake up because tomorrow is promised to no one.”
Ka’nard Allen is receiving counseling.
His 11th birthday is May 29th.
Three victims remained in critical condition Thursday night.
A few others Trotter managed to track down did not feel up to doing a camera interview.
A Ka’Nard Allen Benefit Account has been set up at Whitney Bank. You can make donations at any branch location; or you can send a donation by mail to:
Tynia Allen, 2238 Louisiana Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70113