Several shootings across city add up to very violent 24 hour period

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Posted on December 17, 2012 at 11:24 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 17 at 11:41 PM

Scott Satchfield / Eyewitness News
Email: ssatchfield@wwltv.com | Twitter: @satchfield

NEW ORLEANS -- A hail of gunfire erupted near Claiborne and Iberville Monday evening, sending a stray bullet into a school bus. Fragments from the shattered glass left one girl on board with minor injuries.

It was one of several violent incidents across the city in what was a violent 24-hour period.

Gunfire in the Milan neighborhood took the life of an 18-year-old man Monday, while a Freret Street restaurant employee was shot and injured during a robbery earlier in the day.

Sunday night, two people died in a triple shooting in Central City, and -- for the second time in the past few months -- someone shot and killed a New Orleans cab driver. This latest incident took place along South Claiborne in the Hollygrove area.

"The first thing that comes to your mind -- that could've been me," said Monroe Coleman, Owner of Coleman Cab Company.

Coleman knew the victim, 56-year-old Joseph Wilfred.

New Orleans police believe someone murdered Wilfred while also trying to rob him. There have been a number of violent attacks against cab drivers over the past couple of years across the metro area.

"For this time of the year when families are coming together and you suffer another loss in the industry, it does hurt and our condolences go out the family and friends of Joseph," Coleman said.

Wilfred recently began driving for Service Cab, based in Metairie. Monday, the company's manager, Thomas Zorthian, spoke out about the senseless crime.

"Just very saddened -- first time we've ever lost a driver like this. I just hope they get the man who did it, get him quickly, and he's punished for this," Zorthian said. "I don't know if there's anything really to be done. I don't have an answer for it. I wish I did."

 

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