Some New Orleanians seemed to take the approach of the July Fourth holiday as an excuse to celebrate with a bang, or actually a bang-bang-bang.
Not fireworks, but gunfire.
After a spasm of violence Thursday that left three people dead, the killers seemed to take most of Friday off. But about 8:45 p.m., police said a woman had been shot and killed at North Broad Street and St. Bernard Avenue. No further details were immediately available.
According to the New Orleans Police Department, there were four shootings in New Orleans between about 4 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Thursday. The violence continued later in the night when a man and woman were shot in Harvey, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.
In total, five shootings killed three people and wounded four others, all within a time span of about seven hours.
The violent spree started about 4 p.m. Thursday when a 22-year-old man was shot while working on a home in Mid-City on North Salcedo Street, near St. Peter Street.
The New Orleans Police Department initially reported the victim died but later clarified he was rushed into surgery in critical condition. He died later at the hospital, police said.
Sgt. Nicholas Gernon, commander of the New Orleans Police Department’s Homicide Section, said the victim had been underneath the home at 617 N. Salcedo “when the gunman (or suspects) walked up on him and started shooting at him.” He said it was “too early to speculate” on what may have motivated the shooting.
“We do have some people that saw some things, and they’re cooperating,” Gernon said.
Neighbors said they heard about 10 gunshots but no fighting or arguing before the gunfire.
“Somebody came by and shot him,” said one woman, who wished to remain anonymous. “In broad daylight.”
About an hour later, the body of a 34-year-old man who had been shot multiple times was found in the Hollygrove neighborhood of New Orleans.
Police said officers were called out to investigate a report of a man shot in front of a house in the 3900 block of Hollygrove Street. He died at the scene. Police said he was killed about 5 p.m.
So far, no motive has been established in the incident, and the name of the victim was being withheld.
Then, about 8:15 p.m., a double shooting in Central City left a 22-year-old man dead and a 54-year-old woman in critical condition.
The shooting happened in the 2300 block of Fourth Street, near LaSalle Avenue.
Police found both victims unresponsive, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the body, after being called out to investigate the shooting. Both victims were transported to a hospital, where the man died. His identity is being withheld pending family notification.
The violence continued in Central City a little over an hour later, when police said another shooting was reported.
A 21-year-old woman was standing at Thalia and South Saratoga streets about 9:30 p.m. when a woman in a white Altima opened fire on her, according to the NOPD.
The woman suffered a gunshot wound to the thigh and was taken to a local hospital in a private car. The wound was not life-threatening.
The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office also reported an outburst of violence late Thursday night in Harvey, where a man and woman were shot in the 3100 block of Havenwood Drive . The victims’ conditions were not reported.