Everything was quiet in the Treme neighborhood Friday afternoon until about 2:15 p.m., when someone in a small, red car traveling down the 2100 block of Gov. Nicholls Street unleashed enough bullets to send three teens and a 21-year-old to the hospital. One later died.
The gunshots ripped through a crowded street with a corner store and a barber shop and could have harmed even more people, New Orleans Police Department 1st District Cmdr. Otha Sandifer said.
The victims were 15, 17, 19 and 21. The 17-year-old died Friday night.
Police released pictures Friday night of the car they think was involved. They said it is a red Nissan Versa with dark tinted windows. The vehicle is missing the housing on one of its side mirrors, most likely the passenger side. The vehicle has an unknown out-of-state license plate.
Another man, 29, was shot in the leg at the nearby corner of Laharpe and North Roman streets. Police are probing whether the shootings were related.
None of the victims returned fire, Sandifer said. Only the 17-year-old received life-threatening wounds.
Neighbors said they had heard little out of the ordinary until the bullets started flying.
Forty-five minutes after the first shooting, a woman riding in an SUV on North Galvez Street called out to an acquaintance standing on the corner of Gov. Nicholls.
“That’s my stepson that got shot,” she exclaimed. “I’m on my way to the hospital.”
Another woman, who declined to give her name, said she was shaken by the shooting.
“It’s too early in the daytime for that,” she said.
First District Detective Kevin Richardson is in charge of the investigation of the Gov. Nicholls Street shooting. He can be reached at (504) 658-6010.