A woman was stabbed to death and seven people were injured in six shootings during a bloody weekend in New Orleans, according to the Police Department.
The violence spanned an 18-hour period between Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon.
Two women in Gentilly were hit by bullets apparently intended for someone else. The family home of an 18-year-old was peppered with gunfire by shooters the teen’s father said “were coming after him,” and a 17-year-old woman was shot multiple times in a crime-ridden block of New Orleans East.
The sole death occurred when a 58-year-old woman was found fatally stabbed about 6:15 a.m. Sunday in the Treme neighborhood, according to Officer Frank Robertson, a spokesman for the Police Department.
He said officers found the woman, who was pronounced dead at the scene, in a vacant lot in the 1400 block of North Robertson Street. Her identity was being withheld pending notification of her relatives, according to John Gagliano, chief investigator for the Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office.
The spate of shootings began about 6:15 p.m. Saturday, when a 25-year-old man was shot in the leg in New Orleans East, according to Robertson.
Robertson said the victim was sitting outside in the 12100 block of the North I-10 Service Road when a vehicle pulled up next to him and the driver started shooting.
The man was taken to a hospital by a private vehicle and was in stable condition, according to Robertson.
An hour later, police were dispatched to the 7th Ward, where they found a 17-year-old man lying on the ground at North Rocheblave and Allen streets.
According to police records, the man had been shot multiple times. Robertson said the victim was transported to a hospital in critical condition.
Meanwhile, two women were struck by gunfire about 8:30 p.m. in Gentilly.
The women were sitting on a porch in the 3500 block of Paris Avenue when they were shot, according to police. Both were transported to the hospital in stable condition.
Donna Wilson, 57, was one of the victims.
She lay in bed Sunday afternoon at her home, still wearing green hospital scrubs, as she nibbled on a hot plate of macaroni and cheese brought by a well-wisher and nursed her four gunshot wounds.
She said she was shot twice in the right leg, once in the buttocks and once in the back.
“I was just sitting out there and talking and then they just started shooting,” she said.
Wilson said her 23-year-old friend, whom she didn’t identify, was shot six times.
“I couldn’t count the bullets, it was so many,” she said.
Wilson said the shooters were aiming for a man who had run around the corner of her home.
Sunday’s first shooting occurred at 12:45 a.m., when a 17-year-old girl was shot several times by an unknown man in the 7000 block of Bunker Hill Road in New Orleans East. She was transported to a hospital; her condition was not provided.
Two people have been killed this year within two blocks of the shooting site, including a 23-year-old man who was shot just feet away on July 4.
The words “R.I.P Scooter,” possibly a reference to that death, were scribbled on the street next to the woman’s home.
Fifteen minutes later, an 18-year-old man was struck by gunfire in Gentilly.
The man was in his residence in the 5000 block of Frenchmen Street when bullets pierced the wall. He was shot in the hand, but the wound was not life-threatening, police said.
The man’s father, Kerry Brady, said his son was the intended victim.
“Some kids came to shoot him up,” he said. “They were coming after him.”
He pointed to where the bullets had penetrated the side of the faded yellow home.
The final shooting happened Sunday afternoon, when a man was shot in Gert Town about 12:20 p.m., according to Robertson.
He said the shooting occurred at South Carrollton Avenue and Olive Street. The victim was taken to a hospital in critical condition.
A day before the rash of shootings, a man was shot in the Desire neighborhood.
That shooting occurred about 9 p.m. Friday in the 1300 block of Bartholomew Street, according to police.
The victim, Anthony Woodberry, 18, died at a hospital Saturday morning, according to Gagliano.