Two more fatal shootings Friday night and late Saturday morning brought to 11 the number of people who have died in New Orleans from violence in the first 11 days of July.
The latest deaths raised the homicide total so far in 2015 to more than 100, far above the pace in 2014, when city leaders celebrated after the number of killings for the year fell to 150 — the lowest total in four decades.
The first six months of 2015 saw 91 people murdered, a rate of one every two days. The rate so far in July is double that pace.
The phenomenon is not confined to New Orleans. The Associated Press reported that Houston, St. Louis and Baltimore also have seen significant spikes in the number of homicides this year. The totals are up in other cities, too, including New York and Chicago.
The two latest deaths in New Orleans occurred in the Lower 9th Ward and Central City.
A 38-year-old man was shot to death about 7 p.m. Friday in the 5500 block of North Rampart Street, near Caffin Avenue, in the Lower 9th Ward.
Officers responding to a report of shots being fired found the victim lying in the street suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
As of Saturday, police had not announced any information about who might have done it or why.
Homicide Detective Ryan Aucoin is in charge of the investigation and can be reached at (504) 658-5300.
Then on Saturday, an unidentified man was shot shortly after 11 a.m. on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, near Calliope Street, in Central City. Officers found the victim lying in the street suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The Homicide Unit is in charge of the investigation and can be reached at (504) 658-5300.
Anyone with information about either crime also may call Crimestoppers anonymously at (504) 822-1111 or submit a tip online at www.crimestoppersgno.org. A cash reward of up to $2,500 is available for information that leads to an arrest and indictment.