24-hours after gunfire erupts in the Holy Cross neighborhood killing two and wounding 5 others including a two-year-old and 4-year-old, police suspect drugs are to blame. Now school counselors are put on alert and a neighborhood is on the lookout. WGNO News Anchor Vanessa Bolano has the latest on the deadly drive-by shooting.
The 5400 block of Burgundy Street is eerily quiet Monday afternoon. One home is riddled with bullets, and oddly enough the only signs of life emanate from a colorful memorial marking the area where two people were gunned down Sunday night. A poster tacked up this morning shows their faces. Police say 16-year-old Jasmine Anderson was caught in the crossfire while investigators believe 33-year-old Terrence McBride was the intended target.
“We know that he had a gun, and we know that the person who shot him potentially was looking just to shoot him,” says NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas.
In all 7 people were shot. Two were killed and five were wounded.
At last check a 37-year-old woman and a 13-year-old girl have been released from the hospital, while a 32-year-old woman and two young boys, just four and two-years-old, remain in critical condition.
Kevin Guitterrez, President of ReNEW schools says Jasmine Anderson was supposed to start 8th grade at ReNEW Cultural Arts Academy Monday morning.
“A lot of the kids knew; they had heard and understood from either news on the streets or word just getting out. We were able to meet them when they came in this morning and work with them individually,” explains Guitterrez.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time a student at ReNEW Cultural Arts Academy to succumb to gun violence. Guitterrez says this has become a sad reality for many of his students, and some are even growing immune to the violence. It’s why they’ve extended their school year.
“But at the same time we can only do so much, but it definitely gives us further resolve to work with kids while we have them, to use this as teachable moments, to hopefully help other kids avoid this scenario, but it is tough,” says Guitterrez.
NOPD Chief Ronal Serpas believes the case involves drugs and guns. He says 33-year-old Terrence McBride had an illegal gun on him Sunday night, and reports show he had been arrested for narcotic drug dealing in the past.
Police say witnesses saw the suspects in a dark colored vehicle.
If you know anything that can help detectives call Crimestoppers at (504)822-1111. The reward for information leading to an arrest has been increased to $5,000, and as always you can remain anonymous.