Thursday afternoon, New Orleans police announced two arrests in a shooting that left two people dead and five more injured.
The attack happened last Sunday night on Burgundy Street in the Holy Cross neighborhood. Someone drove by a crowd and began firing. A 16-year-old girl is among the dead. Two young children remain hospitalized.
Police arrested 21-year-old Blair Taylor and 25-year-old Jeffery Rivers for the attack. They say Taylor pulled the trigger and Rivers supplied the gun and car. But police did not say Rivers was driving the car during the crime.
NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas expressed his anger at the attack. He says both men have at least one prior arrest. He also says the case is just the latest where guns and drugs have combined to leave children injured or killed.
“Men carrying guns and selling drugs have got to suffer consequences in these cases–Kierra Holmes, Brianna Allen, London Samuels–these children all point to the same thing, these men carrying guns on our streets are not receiving consequences. In fact they’re being sent back to the street to either kill or be killed,” Serpas said during a news conference announcing the arrests.
Serpas also says that ballistics tests have connected a firearm to the crime. He says at least one more arrest in the case is likely.