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New Orleans shootout leaves 5 teens dead

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by dontoe, Jun 17, 2006.

  1. dontoe

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    New Orleans shootout leaves 5 teens dead [​IMG]
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    By CAIN BURDEAU Associated Press Writer
    Saturday, June 17, 2006 7:31 p.m. ET
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Five people ranging in age from 16 to 19 were killed in a street shooting early Saturday, the most violent crime reported in this slowly repopulating city since Hurricane Katrina hit last August.
    All were believed to have been gunned down in a volley of bullets on a street in the Central City neighborhood just outside the central business district. Three of the victims were found in a sport utility vehicle rammed against a utility pole and two were found nearby on the street.

    Authorities said they were looking for one or more suspects but did not elaborate.
    Capt. John Bryson said police think the shootings were either drug-related or some type of retaliation attack. A semiautomatic weapon was used and "multiple, multiple rounds" were fired, he said.
    "I think the motivation we're looking at is pretty obvious," he said. "Somebody wanted them dead."
    Bryson said he could not remember the last time this many people were killed in once incident _ before or after Katrina. "I can't remember five," he said.
    Four of the victims _ a 16-year-old, a 17-year-old and two 19-year-olds _ died at the scene. Another 19-year-old, believed to be the brother of the youngest victim, died later at a hospital, police said.
    There was no immediate word if any of the victims had been armed. Their identities were not immediately released.
    Terrance Rayly, 23, who was staying in a home nearby, said he heard the shots after getting in from a music club.
    "It was like 15 gun shots," he said. "I heard pop, pop, pop, pop, pop."
    The shooting left many people feeling unsafe in the poor Central City neighborhood where people sat on porches and discussed the incident Saturday.
    "Lord, this is like the sixth person killed around here in the last month," said Monique Jackson, a 27-year-old housekeeper who lives around the corner from the crime scene. "It's getting bad now."
    She added: "I don't want to ever hear about a murder ever again. It's just young people doing it to each other."
    Crime, including murder, has been creeping back after Katrina emptied the city of its residents when it hit on Aug. 29, flooding 80 percent of New Orleans. Current population estimates vary but the city is believed to have less than half its pre-storm population of about 455,000.
    So far, 52 people have been murdered in the city since Jan. 1, half the number of murders at this time last year, Bryson said.
    There were only 17 killings in January through March. But the rate picked up after that _ there were 13 in April alone, followed by 22 in May and June, including Saturday's killings.
    Bryson said the recent spike in murders, which he said was connected to drugs, was not just a "police problem" or a "New Orleans problem."
    "It's a Louisiana problem, it's a United States problem," he said. "We're begging the citizens to join with us to coordinate with watch groups."
     
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    That used to be twice daily and since it has been a while due to lack of population, its a shock to everyone. They love to talk about the fact that crime is at an all time low, imagine that.:rolleyes:
     
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    I am so totally thankful I live were I do. The last major crime around here was at Christmas when someone torched the pay booth at the Christmas tree place.
     
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    New Orleans has always been a sewer, figuratively. Now its a sewer figuratively and literally. :rolleyes:
     
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    Yeah, and now Houston is at an all time high:rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:
     
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    and we are getting really sick of it
     
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    Where will we send this years refugees? The levees are, according to the Corps, kind of ready.....
     
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    Exchange program with Mexico! :wink1:
     
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    here's an idea..............you want amnesty to stay here, go to New Orleans and register to build levies and will give ya a green card
     
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    umm...good! that 5 less lowlifes off the streets. let them take each other out
     
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    no, the rest of the country isnt near that bad. get off your lazy asses and do something about it.
     

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