NEW ORLEANS -- A 1-year-old girl has died after she was shot while on a walk with her babysitter Thursday night in Central City.
The babysitter, an 18-year-old woman, was shot in the back, but police said she's expected to survive. The child who was killed was identified as Londyn Samuels.
The shooting happened at about 8:20 p.m. near the intersection of South Saratoga Street and Washington Avenue.
"Our community rallies up every time something terrible and tragic like this happens, so please, if you know anything -- this happened at a time of the evening when there are people in the streets, there's people on the street -- call Crimestoppers," NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas said.
Serpas said they are searching for two men in connection with the case, but they haven't named a suspect. They fled the scene on foot, Serpas said.
Witnesses told Eyewitness News reporter Tania Dall that a man fled the scene by climbing over a fence and jumping into a silver car. That hasn't been confirmed by police.
Serpas said they don't know if the babysitter and the baby were the target.
"This is the time. This is when the people of New Orleans need to rally up, stand up and say, 'This is what happened.' Give us the information. Let us go make these people accountable for what they did," Serpas said.
The babysitter managed to get into a neighbor's house and call for help, according to witnesses.
If you know anything that can help investigators solve this crime, call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.
Initial reports by the NOPD said the adult victim was the baby's mother, but they have since updated that information to say she was the child's babysitter.