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Two men were shot in separate overnight shootings in New Orleans East, police said Friday morning, continuing a midweek surge of gun violence.

The first shooting happened around 10:45 p.m. in the 5200 block of Basinview Drive. One man was shot in the leg by someone in a passing vehicle and was transported to a hospital.

In the second shooting, a man was shot multiple times around midnight in the 6800 block of Parc Brittany Boulevard. He was transported to a hospital by EMS.

The shootings happened about a mile away from one another.

The extent of the men's injury was not immediately released.

The pair of shootings continued a violent stretch, with five separate shooting incidents that have left at least five people hurt and one woman killed in just over 24 hours. Two other shootings on Tuesday injured four more people, including two juveniles. In one incident a 1-year-old girl within a home was struck by a bullet in the foot. 

A Mid-City car burglary on Wednesday evening made waves as city officials came out forcefully to decry the spike in violence as well as juvenile crime. Zelda Townsend, 63, was killed in that incident after she and her husband, Danny Townsend, attempted to intervene after spotting an unknown teen in their vehicle. 

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell referred to the killing as "senseless," and NOPD Superintendent Shaun Fegurson implored parents to help police address the issue. 

Emanuel Pipkins, 17, was arrested in that incident and booked on a count of second degree murder. Officials indicated he had a prior arrest for auto burglary in April. 

A drop in key gun violence statistics in 2018 helped the city register its lowest number of murders since 1971. As of Thursday morning, homicides are nearly half what they were at the same point last year.

But year-to-date car burglaries (2,128) are nearly double what they were at this time in 2018 (1,098), according to police statistics. Rashes of car break-ins in neighborhoods across the city have become a common topic on local TV newscasts, with both police and residents blaming groups of juveniles.


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Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro spoke on WWL-Radio Thursday morning and reiterated his long-held view that juvenile crime is the "biggest crime problem" facing the city.

A drop in key gun violence statistics in 2018 helped the city register its lowest number of murders since 1971. As of Thursday morning, homicides are nearly half what they were at the same point last year.

But year-to-date car burglaries (2,128) are nearly double what they were at this time in 2018 (1,098), according to police statistics. Rashes of car break-ins in neighborhoods across the city have become a common topic on local TV newscasts, with both police and residents blaming groups of juveniles.

Cannizzaro has blamed repeat underage offenders on political pressure put on Juvenile Court judges to keep the population of detainees at the Youth Study Center low.

On the other side, youth advocates have said violent underage offenders are not representative of most children in the juvenile justice system, and they have pushed for better recreational, mentoring and educational programs aimed at young people.