NEW ORLEANS -- Two teens are being treated for gunshot wounds after shots erupted Monday night in Central City.
The shooting happened just after 7:30 p.m. near the intersection of Josephine and Carondelet streets, just blocks from St. Charles Avenue.
Neighbors say it’s chilling to see crime tape on this normally quiet street.
Neighbors who know the victims say they are good kids and they can’t imagine why anyone would do this.
“It hurted me real bad,” said neighbor Marguerite Hollins. “It’s senseless. They didn’t deserve that at all.”
Neighbors like Hollins heard the gunshots that wounded two teens in Central City.
Police say a 14-year-old was shot multiple times, including in the head. He is hospitalized in critical condition. A 15-year-old was shot in the leg.
“I just don’t understand why somebody would want to hurt kids,” Hollins said. “Bad enough they’re killing grownups, now they’re going for kids. Just that’s pathetic and sad.”
Neighbors say they heard anywhere from three to six shots. They say the two are brothers, but police have yet to confirm.
“I know the kids, I know their mom,” said family friend Iresha Hammond. “I know the children are good children. I don’t see why it happened.”
Police don’t believe the teens were the intended targets. They believe the shooter left a black bike on the scene, then either fled on foot or got into a car.
Police are processing the bike for fingerprints.
Meanwhile, one neighbor says she called 9-1-1 three times before anyone picked up.
“I let it ring over 14 times, each call, no answer. I called the fourth time, they pick up on the first ring,” said neighbor Dana Harris. “This is kids. Regardless of whatever I’m calling about, it’s got to be some type of emergency. Why is nobody picking up?”
The city did not respond to our request for comment regarding the alleged delays in picking up 9-1-1 calls tonight.
If you have any information, call Crimestoppers at 822-1111.