A protester and a young girl were hit by pellets from a paintball gun on Sunday night near the monument of Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard at the entrance to City Park, New Orleans police said.
Shortly before 8 p.m., a 41-year-old man and a 9-year-old girl were at Wisner Boulevard and Lelong Drive when they were struck by paintball pellets fired from a passing Jeep on North Carrollton Avenue, the New Orleans Police Department said in a news release. The man was struck in the groin, and the 9-year-old was hit in the forearm and shoulder. NOPD spokesman Aaron Looney said that the male victim was identified as a protester.
A witness driving behind the Jeep at the time of the incident followed the vehicle to Duplessis and St. Denis streets, police said. The witness flagged down officers in the area and informed them of the incident. Officers approached the Jeep and conducted a search, finding a paintball gun and accessories, police said.
Four people were arrested in the incident:
--Jadon Dawson, 19, was booked into Central Lockup on two counts each of accessory to simple battery and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
--A 17-year-old was booked into Central Lockup on two counts each of accessory to simple battery and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
--A 15-year-old boy, who allegedly fired the paintball gun, was booked into the Juvenile Justice Center on two counts of simple battery.
--A 16-year-old boy was booked into the Juvenile Justice Center on two counts of accessory to simple battery.
The two victims suffered minor injuries from the paintball pellets, police said. They were both examined by EMS but refused further treatment.
The Beauregard monument and the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Lee Circle are the last two monuments slated for removal in New Orleans. A monument of Confederate President Jefferson Davis was taken down last week, and the Battle of Liberty Place monument was removed on April 24.
Anyone with information in the incident is asked to contact the New Orleans Police Department at 504-658-6030 or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.