Man slated to join Air Force next week gunned down on N.O. street

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Posted on July 10, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 10 at 8:17 PM

Tania Dall / Eyewitness News
Email: tdall@wwltv.com | Twitter: @taniadall

NEW ORLEANS -- Tuesday has been a busy day for New Orleans police, as they’ve responded to two shootings across the city that have left three people dead and a fourth person injured.

The latest deadly shooting happened just before 2 p.m. in the 2400 block of Arts Street.

Cries of disbelief filled the air in this St. Roch neighborhood, where homicide detectives have been trying to collect evidence in a shooting that’s left a teen dead.

The Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office has confirmed that 19-year-old Jaoquin Pittman was shot and killed at the scene.

Relatives tell Eyewitness News that Pittman was at this grandparent’s house with his girlfriend. Police have confirmed that the 19-year-old was in the backyard with a 17-year-old female when shots rang out.

Police say the 19-year-old was shot several times in his torso. His female companion was grazed by a bullet on her arm and taken to the hospital.

Police aren’t saying how many suspects may have been involved in this shooting.

Relatives say that Pittman had recently passed his Air Force exam and was headed to basic training Monday.

This afternoon’s shooting has been a shock to both neighbors and family members.

Collette Hicks, Pittman’s aunt, said Jaoquin didn’t have any enemies and led a quiet life.

“He was always in school, inside the house. He has no records or anything. He’s at UNO,” she said. “He decided he didn’t want to be at UNO and decided he wanted to go to the Air Force, and that’s where he was ready to go.”

Neighbor Cyril Green said, “It makes me feel a bit concerned for my neighbors and myself because we actually have a lot of small kids in this area.”

If you can help solve this case, call Crimestoppers at 822-1111.

 

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