NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - New Orleans Police are investigating a double-shooting that left one woman dead, and put a man in the hospital. It happened in New Orleans East, as neighborhood children were walking home from school.
"I just think it's ridiculous, I feel as though these crimes -- it needs to be stopped," neighbor Tya Prada said.
Crime scene investigators fanned out in New Orleans East; near the intersection of Dwyer Road and Shalimar Drive where neighbors say shots rang out shortly after kids were released from school.
"About six shots," neighbor Stanley Johnson said.
A 23-year-old woman had been fatally shot. Her body was found inside a light-colored sedan.
"Front seat, she was the driver."
Police say a man shot in the back was rushed from the scene and taken to the hospital.
Witnesses say the driver's baby was taken to the hospital in a separate ambulance.
"They said the daughter didn't get hit but they didn't know yet because it was so much blood on the baby. Took the baby to the hospital," Johnson said.
It was a scene that gripped the attention of neighbors; some of them grief-stricken by the level of violence so close to the holidays.
"This shouldn't be happening," Johnson shouted.
"It's a hard pill to swallow, you know what I'm saying. It's the worst Christmas, the worst Christmas gift you can ever get," Prada said. "We thought it was just little boys playing with a gun shooting, but not thinking that somebody's just losing their mother in front of them. You know what I’m saying. Not even thinking it went that far."
Late Tuesday, police had not released the names of the victims, or a motive in the case; and there were no arrests.
Initial reports said a second man was shot, but after further investigation, detectives corrected that statement.