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Shannon Cooks (left) and Cornell Williams

(from the New Orleans Police Department) – New Orleans Police Detectives arrested two men they believe shot a 31-year-old mother and her 7-year-old daughter as they walked on Palmetto Street near Airline Highway. The incident happened Wednesday around 4pm, in Hollygrove.

The victims were walking on Palmetto Street heading towards Hollygrove Street when three gunmen approached and opened fire on them. The 31-year-old female victim was shot in the stomach and both legs while her 7-year-old daughter was shot once in the cheek. Both victims were transported to the hospital by EMS. Detective Baldwin believes the men were shooting at an unidentified male who was walking with the victims. The unidentified male was not injured in the shooting. Both victims remain hospitalized in stable condition.

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Kendal Marcelin

Late Thursday evening Detective Jerry Baldwin received a tip from a concerned citizen which led him to 19-year-old Cornell Williams and 18-year-old Shannon Cooks. Williams’ mother walked him into the Second District Police Station and Cooks was picked up at his residence in the 8700 block of Apricot Street, by the U.S. Marshals. Both men confessed to Detective Baldwin their involvement in the shooting.  Detective Baldwin was able to develop a third shooter 19-year-old Kendal Marcelin who remains at large.

Both Williams and Cooks were booked into Central Lockup charged with two counts of Attempted 2nd Degree Murder and one count of Aggravated Assault. Detective Baldwin issued a warrant for the arrest of Kendal Marcelin. Once apprehended he will be charged with two counts of Attempted 2nd Degree Murder and one count of Aggravated Assault.

Kendal Marcelin has been previously arrested for Murder, Possession of Narcotics and Armed Robbery.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Kendal Marcelin is urged to call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or contact the NOPD by calling 911. Marcelin is to be considered armed and dangerous.

“I’ve never seen anything like that before,” says a witness, “He was just shooting, gun sideways, just letting the rounds go and go and go.”

Witnesses are in shock.

“It was people. It was a mother and a daughter. It was human beings. I don’t know what they were doing, but they were running for their lives.”

They tell us a man followed a mother and her 7-year-old daughter over the train tracks. They say he was continuously shooting at them as the two furiously tried to cross Airline Highway in Hollygrove.

The nightmare unfolded in broad daylight, at around 4:30pm, at the busy intersection of Airline and Palmetto Street near the Orleans Parish, Jefferson Parish line.

“It was like a firecrackers going off in the New Year; round after round after round.”

“We all took off down there to see what we could do, so we got down there and applied first aid as quickly as possible,” says Melissa who administered help until emergency crews arrived.

Melissa was one of the first on the scene. She says the woman had been shot three times and the little 7-year-old girl was shot once in the face. Hours later blood still stains the pavement.

Witnesses says officers were nearby and one was almost ready to shoot.

“When he saw that he took off because the officer here had his gun drawn and was ready, but there was too many safety issues,” says Melissa, “It’s a shame. They’re killing their own kids. It’s terrible.”

Police say the woman is in her mid 30’s.  They say both victims were admitted in serious condition.

As of tonight they believe this started as a disturbance in another part of Hollygrove and ended on Airline Highway.

If you know anything call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.

05The New Orleans Police Department has re-opened Airline Drive near Palmetto Street following a shooting that injured a 7-year-old girl and a woman.

The condition of the victims has not been released, but NOPD did say the girl was shot in the face, the woman shot in the stomach.

20131002_165851Someone shot a girl in the face and a woman in the stomach near the intersection of Airline Drive and Palmetto Street in the Hollygrove neighborhood, according to the New Orleans Police Department.

NOPD has shut down Airline in both directions while they investigate.

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