MARRERO, La. -- A West Bank teen is dead and a 15-year-old is in the hospital after both teens were gunned down in broad daylight on Friday.
Only a few hours after shots rang out in a Marrero neighborhood, former classmates of 18-year-old Adonis Williams showed up to grieve their gunned down friend.
"It's over, it's over," wept an unidentified teen standing over the spot where Williams died.
The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office says Williams was one of two teens shot in the 1100 block of King Drive. Investigators say Williams died at the scene from a single gunshot wound to the side and that a 15-year-old was also taken to the hospital for treatment and is expected to be okay.
"We're tired in our community of seeing our young men, our future. Dying like this, getting shot like this," said Rev. J. Nelson Brown of the Second Zion Baptist Church of Marrero.
Now homicide detectives are trying to figure out a motive for Friday's shooting and track down the gunman. JPSO says a revolver was found at the scene and forensic tests will determine if it belonged to the victim or someone else.
"The information that we have at this time is that there were an undetermined number of African-American males who were seen running immediately after the shooting," said Col. John Fortunato with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office.
According to Eyewitness News archives this Marrero community off Ames Boulevard has seen a spike in crime. In early August, within a three-week period detectives responded to six murders. Back in 2010, not far from Friday's deadly double shooting -- a 25-year-old was shot and killed.
"We've had some issues in this particular area not this street alone, in this particularly area, but we have no reasons to believe at this point that this shooting is connected to anything that's happened in and around this area," said Col. Fortunato.
As detectives collected evidence on King Drive, Rev. Brown joined concerned community members on the block to watch and wait. Brown says the biggest obstacle to ending the violence is lack of opportunities for local youth.
"The programs that we had, most of those programs have been cut now. Employing teens after school along with whatever community based programs that we can put in place, we have to find them," said Rev. Brown.
If you can help detectives solve this crime call Crimestoppers at 822-1111.