NEW ORLEANS -- Six people were shot while sitting on their front porch in Gentilly Thursday night.
According to the New Orleans Police Department, a family and some friends were sitting on their front porch in the 3600 block of Franklin Avenue around 7:48 p.m. when someone, possibly multiple people, inside an unidentified car opened fire on them.
According to Mayor Mitch Landrieu, five of the victims are in stable condition and one victim is currently in surgery in critical condition. A four-year-old child was grazed and is in good spirits, all things considered, according to the Mayor.
One of the victims, Henry Randolph, said he was hit four times, in the arm, back and buttocks.
Randolph said he was sitting on the steps with some family members and was about to go to the store on his bike when shots rang out.
"I didn't see nothing," Randolph said. "The next thing I know, I'm lying down on the ground. My stepson is right next to me. He's shot too. Before you know it, three more people were shot. Even the kid."
Randolph said he heard at least five or six shots, but knows there were more.
"I got four in me, my wife got one in her," he said. "I don't know how many times my stepson got shot. I didn't hear them all because I was on the ground."
Randolph said everyone is fine except for his stepson who remains in the hospital. Randolph said the child who was hit was four-years-old and the bullet grazed the child's head.
NOPD Chief Michael Harrison said information from the community is critical right now.
"We need that information to come and we need it to come fast," Harrison said, referencing the Crimestoppers tip line. "We need to make sure that we do not stop until we catch the people that did this and we hold them accountable."
Anyone with information on this shooting is asked to call CRIMESTOPPERS at 504-822-1111.