Carol Lombard-Ross

Carol Lombard-Ross

A prominent Algiers family was in mourning after a deadly shooting Monday night.

Carol Lombard-Ross, 55, was killed by gunfire in the 300 block of Leboeuf Street about 7:15 p.m., according to authorities.

She was the sister of 2nd City Clerk of Court Darren Lombard; sister-in-law of Juana Lombard, the state alcohol and tobacco control commissioner; and a cousin of Judge Edwin Lombard of the state 4th Circuit Court of Appeal.

State Sen. Troy Carter, a family friend and Algiers resident, said Ross was slain steps away from her front door.

She appeared to have been caught in the crossfire of a gun battle involving at least two people, said New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison, who asked anyone with information about the case to contact Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

"You hate to use the adage that she was in the wrong place at the wrong time," Carter said. "That's because, unfortunately, crime in New Orleans has found its way to all the wrong places." 

Police haven't released any information on suspects in the case.

Several cars on Ross' street had bullet holes in them Tuesday. 

Carter said Ross was known to go around the neighborhood picking up trash and mowing lawns in an effort to improve her community's appearance, and it appears that's what she was doing Monday night. 

Neighbor Marva White, who said she heard numerous gunshots, called Ross "a pillar to the community."

"Whoever killed that lady — somebody needs to find them," she said. 

Another neighbor, Anthony Simmons, said whoever killed Ross should surrender. "You all know what you all did," he said. "You know you all did wrong." 

Like the rest of her family, Ross cared deeply about politics affecting New Orleans, especially Algiers, Carter said. 

"She was like the community mom. ... She had very strong and very deep roots in this community, until she fell victim to violence in New Orleans," said Carter, who noted that another of Ross' cousins was Rudy Lombard, a legendary civil rights activist whose conviction for a 1960 sit-in at a Canal Street store was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Her survivors also include two sons as well as grandchildren. 

Ross was among three people who were shot in separate incidents Monday night. One of the other shootings left 40-year-old Brannon Wilkens dead at North Villere and Annette streets, in the 7th Ward.

Separate shootings on Saturday and Sunday killed two other men.

Gregory Hilliard, 49, was fatally shot Saturday in the 7700 block of West Laverne Street, a few blocks from Lakefront Airport.

Gregory Hawkins, 20, was killed Sunday afternoon in the 8300 block of Apricot Street, in Hollygrove.

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