Zion City Residents Outraged Over Violence

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The NOPD is asking for your help solving two shootings in and around Central City. One of them seriously injured a three-year old girl. WGNO News Anchor Vanessa Bolano has the latest.

“I just don’t understand why they keep coming around here shooting,” says Zion City resident Angela Vaughn.

Vaughn says she was just hanging out with family and friends when two men walked up the 1300 block of South Salcedo in Zion City and started shooting. Police say the shooters took off in a 2008 white Nissan Murano.

“The little girl that got shot, she was walking in her house when she got shot yesterday,” says Vaughn, “I tried to stay there and console her until the ambulance came because her eyes were rolling to the back of her head and she was trying to go out, you know, and I kept telling her about the three little bears.”

Police say shots rang out just after 7pm Tuesday. A three-year-old girl was hit in the back. A 15-year-old boy was shot in the hip and leg, and a 16-year-old boy who is in critical condition was shot in the stomach.

“Within a month this is like the third shooting in the same area, not a block away, not two, in the same area, and it’s not even the people that live back here,” says Zion City resident James Smith.

“We need more police action. Police action on the street similar to what I saw in the French Quarter over the 4th of July weekend. State troopers were there, horses were there; well maybe we need that in these neighborhoods,” says Zion City Resident Andy Corkern.

Crimestoppers is now offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the Zion City shooting.

NOPD Commander Robert Bardy says, “Unfortunately Central City has experienced this from Jeremy Galmon to Keira Holmes to Briana Allen right around the corner. We’ve experienced this perhaps more than any other district. It’s something you never get past and never become callous to.”

The NOPD says they’re relying on the public’s help solving both the shooting in Zion City and another hours earlier just a mile-and-a-half away at A.L. Davis Playground in the heart of Central City.

Detectives say at A.L. Davis Playground gunfire erupted after an argument over whose turn it was to get on the court. Now they’re looking for two “Persons of Interest.” One man is 23-year-old Gerard Gray.

You can call Crimestoppers at 504.822.1111