NEW ORLEANS -- One of the two victims killed in the quintuple shooting that left two dead in Central City was a mother of three children, according to family.
Shawanna "Nonnie" Pierce, 33, was on her way to return a rental car to Enterprise Rent-A-Car when she was hit by a bullet three blocks from a party in the 1200 block of Simon Bolivar Avenue, said her sister Laura Pierce.
"Nonnie was the oldest of us all and she was the one -you know- she kind of like held us all together," recalled her sister. "She was the strongest one of the bunch and she pretty much took care of all of us."
Pierce, a mother of three children ages 9, 7 and 2, was not on the way the birthday party Linda Allen and her family were getting ready to celebrate for her 10-year-old grandson’s birthday, said Laura Pierce, though she did know the Allen family.
One eyewitness said that two gunman approached the party where friends and family had gathered, and then in broad daylight opened fire, turning their guns and firing down a very crowded Simon Bolivar Avenue.
Pierce's car slammed into a pole near the intersection of Thalia Street and Simon Bolivar after she was hit by a bullet blocks from the scene.
"For her to be minding her own business just going about her way, to be struck by a stray bullet and be killed it's not right," said her sister. "It's not right at all and we enduring this pain and it hurts."
At the primary scene of the shooting, Linda Allen's home in the 1200 block of Simon Bolivar, ten-year old Kenard Allen was injured at his birthday party and his five-year-old cousin Brianna Allen was killed. Two people were also injured in the melee.
Laura Pierce said her sister, a Central City resident, was a 1996 graduate of Booker T Washington and then Delgado Community College. She says she was a medical coder for the state for the last 10 years.