NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – A 16-month-old infant boy injured in a deadly triple shooting in Algiers Thursday night is doing better.
After undergoing surgery at University Medical Center, his condition has improved from serious to stable. A 26-year-old man is also recovering at the hospital from gunshot wounds. The other 26-year-old man who was shot was found dead on the scene.
When police came out to the Cypress Run Apartments on Tullis Drive near Woodland Highway Thursday around 9 p.m., they found the three victims in a car, that crashed into the entrance gate.
Superintendent Michael Harrison said they believe the victims were sitting in the car, when they were approached by at least one person (maybe more). That’s when the victims were shot multiple times.
Neighbors told WGNO the man who died was named Leonard, and the 6-month-old baby is Leonard’s son. They believe Leonard was dropping off his friend, Jerome, who lives in the complex. Then they were ambushed at the gate.
Neighbors said they heard several gun shots. They also said that Jerome was shot three times, in the leg and back. The infant was shot in the rear-end. Leonard was shot in head.
They said that Leonard used to live in the complex. He and Jerome had been friends for years, and they both worked in the kitchen at local restaurants. They weren’t aware of any enemies the two may have had.
New Orleans Police are still investigating. If you have any information, NOPD asks that you contact Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.