NEW ORLEANS -- There have been four teens aged 15 or younger shot in New Orleans in the last five days.
The latest happened Wednesday in the Hollygrove area. Police say a 13-year-old was shot in the back after he got off a school bus at the corner of Forshey and Eagle Streets around 4:45 PM.
Police said the teen was walking home with two others when shots rang out. He was struck in the back, and the bullet exited through his chest.
Police said he was then able to walk to a home in the 9000 block of Forshey. Wednesday evening, officials said the teen was in stable condition in the hospital.
Police said it all started when two groups of people began firing at each other. They don't believe the teen knew the shooters, and they don't believe he was the target. They think he was simply caught in the crossfire.
"It's sad," said a woman who asked not to be identified and whose 11-year-old grandson had also just gotten off the bus. "It could have been him, if he was going in the same direction of the child that was shot, it could have been him. And that's hard."
Across town in the Desire neighborhood, mourners gathered to remember 15-year-old Brandon Adams. He was shot and killed Friday night while walking home with his 18-year-old brother. His brother is recovering from gunshot wounds to the back and leg.
"As a mother you want to fix all your kids problems. Well, how can I tell my other four babies, 'Mama can't fix this one.' How can I tell them that?" said Adams' mother, Shawana Adams.
Police said Adams girlfriend, 15-year-old Christine Marcelin, was shot and killed Monday in New Orleans East. And a 14-year-old was shot Tuesday night in Central City.
Meanwhile, neighbors in Hollygrove say they're saddened over the apparent wave of violence washing over the city.
"Here in New Orleans, you're not surprised at nothing anymore, you're really not," said the woman who asked not to be identified.
A source said the teen attended Benjamin Banneker Elementary. Police have not identified a suspect in the shooting. If you have any information, you're asked to call police or Crimestoppers at 822-1111.