1 dead, another wounded after shooting in New Orleans, 17-year-old suspect in custody

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New Orleans- The  NOPD says 63-year-old Zelda Townsend is dead and her husband is recovering in the hospital this morning after a shooting last night.

According to Chief Ferguson, a 17-year-old male is in custody for the shooting, and is being charged with second degree murder.

The NOPD says that around 10:10 P.M. officers received reports of a suspicious person near the 2700  block of Cleveland Avenue.

While en route to the scene, the call turned into an aggravated battery by shooting.

Upon arrival, officers discovered a man and a woman suffering from gunshot wounds.

The female suffered a gunshot wound to the head, and died at the hospital.

The male was shot in the arm and his condition is unknown at this time.

Initial investigation revealed that the male and female were married.

The couple heard their car alarm going off, and while outside investigating, they discovered an individual in their vehicle.

At that time, the getaway driver, currently unidentified, yelled for the suspect to “shoot.”

That is when a gunfight ensued between the male victim and the suspect.

Officers arrived quickly, but the two suspects fled the scene.

Police learned later, that a person was brought to a different hospital by private vehicle, also for a gunshot wound

Police were able to identify this person as their suspect, and he was arrested.

Mayor Cantrell and Chief Ferguson addressed the media, and explained their shock, disbelief, and disgust, in the fact that this crime was committed by not just one, but possibly two juveniles.

When asked what the city was doing to prevent these situations, Mayor Cantrell explained, “On the books to help make changes, curfew laws, having your kids in school, truency, seeing kids out during the day.” She continued, “Practices that NOPD has actually started, they are looking for young people who are out in the community during school hours, actually picking them up and taking them to school. We will be enforcing curfew, going forward, that will go beyond just summer months.”

Both Mayor Cantrell and Chief Ferguson say that the justice system is working, but with children, it all starts a home, with the parents.


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