The New Orleans Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a man suspected of shooting a 2-year-old girl Monday night as she was playing outside her grandmother’s house in Treme.
An unidentified man showed up in the 1100 block of Gov. Nicholls Street about 8:20 p.m. while the girl was playing outside with other children.
Police said the man fired three shots without saying a word, striking the toddler in the left leg. He then took off on foot, turning right on Henriette Delille Street. The girl’s parents sped her to the hospital, where she was reported in good condition.
Police have released two still images from nearby surveillance cameras of a man they consider to be a suspect in the shooting.
“We are seeking the public’s assistance,” 1st District Cmdr. Otha Sandifer said. “There’s no good reason that this individual would approach while kids were outside playing, and a 2-year-old baby was struck in the leg by his bullet.”
Sandifer added, “She’s in good condition. Thank God for that.”
The shooting shocked Mark Spiers, who was visiting a neighbor on the street moments before the attack.
“We had just gone inside,” Spiers said. As he and friends gathered around a dining room table, he said, he heard a sudden “Bam, bam!”
Spiers had met the young girl, he said, and he described her as a “sweetheart.”
“It’s appalling,” he said of the shooting. “It’s happened too much.”
Sandifer said a man who was at the scene when the bullets started flying may have been the intended target.
Police asked anyone with information about the shooter’s identity to call 1st District detectives at (504) 658-6010 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.