NEW ORLEANS - A little girl who was to turn two-years-old this coming Thursday died Sunday in a hail of gunfire from two passing cars that police believe was targeted for a 20-year-old man walking nearby.
The child, Keria Gordon, died from injuries she received in the incident while male victim, who was not identified, underwent surgery Sunday.
NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas said the male victim has a criminal history of his own and has been arrested twice in the past two years on gun charges.
"It's reprehensible that the courts continue to send these men to the streets of New Orleans to be murderers or to be murdered," said Serpas. "At the same time innocent young children are lost.
"The NOPD is arresting a whole lot of dangerous people, but somehow or another, with the drive-thru window of justice on Broad Street and Tulane, they're right back on the streets here and tonight we have a two-year-old child lost her life because of these types of people not being held accountable."
According to police, a gray-colored SUV and a gray-colored car came down the street on South Johnson in the B.W. Cooper Housing Development around 4:45 p.m. and sprayed bullets into a courtyard that was full of children enjoying a nice Sunday afternoon.
Kierra's cousin, Rufus Rusk was inside a nearby apartment at the time and heard the gunfire.
"It was like one big gunshot, then multiple little rounds," he recalled. "I said, 'That's my cousin.' I got on the phone and dialed 911 and said 'get EMS here.'"
"This happened in the street," said Serpas. "This happened where people saw it. This happened where people in this community can, once again, stand up and say we're not gonna stand for this."
Sunday evening Crimestoppers said it was boosting the normal reward for information leading to the arrests of the suspects in this case, and the case of a nine-year-old who was shot in a separate incident Sunday night to $4,000. They said an additional gun reward of $1,000 would be given to anyone who could provide the gun or information leading to the gun used in either of the crimes.
If you know anything that can help investigators, call Crimestoppers at 822-1111.