NEW ORLEANS – The past week was a stark reminder of the violence, particularly gun violence, that continues to plague the city, even as murders trend downward in recent years.
In the past seven days, six people – five men and a woman, including 15-year-old and 17-year-old male victims – have been fatally shot, bringing the current murder total to 53 people. The 53 murder victims are 10 fewer than the number of murder victims at the same time the previous year.
Guns remain the predominant method of killing in New Orleans. Of those 53 murder victims, 49 were the victims of gun violence. The victims are predominately male (45) and African American (49) with the average age of 29.
Memorial Day weekend was especially violent, as at least 19 people were shot, four fatally.
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The gun violence even spilled over into Tuesday morning, when two more people were shot, bringing the total of shootings to at least 21 since Friday.
Around 12:15 a.m., a 24-year-old man was shot in the hand and shoulder in the 2300 block of Iberville Street. Around 4:30 a.m., a 36-year-old man was robbed and shot in the hand by a woman while walking back to his hotel in 800 block of Convention Center Boulevard.
So far, a majority of the killings have been concentrated in the 5th District (shaded orange in the map above), with 14 homicides so far in 2014 and six murders during May.