NEW ORLEANS - While police continue to search for the gunmen who killed an 11-year-old girl and shot two others in Pigeon Town, the father of one of the victims is speaking out.
“Imagine trying to hear news that your 11-year-old has been shot. 'What do you mean she's been shot?' You know what I mean. You're an 11-year-old,” said Paul Davis.
Davis and his family are still in shock over the bullets that tore through their home around 12:15 a.m. Monday. Davis' daughter, Paulreiona Cary, 11, is out of the hospital after she was struck in the hand and elbow. Her cousin and best friend, Arabian Gayles, 11, died of a gunshot wound to the head.
“I'm so angry I can't even imagine,” said Davis. “I can't even describe it. I don't even know what I'm supposed to be feeling right now, you know. Easily that could have been my daughter that I'm burying, you know, and it's crazy man.”
The two 11-year-olds were among several children and adults sleeping inside the house when a gunfight erupted outside, said police. A 38-year-old family friend was also shot in the back.
Davis said the man was walking outside at the time, but doesn’t believe he was the intended target.
Monday evening, stuffed animals and flowers had been placed in front of the home as the community shows it support. Davis said the neighborhood has been riddled with crime for awhile, and he hopes the outcry stemming from this triple shooting doesn’t die down.
“It's an ongoing process,” said Davis. “We wait for something like this to happen and then we want to march the streets, and then that's it.”
Arabiana is the second child lost to gun violence in less than a week in New Orleans. Activists say the community has to show it won't stand for this kind of violence.
“We have to call in and report these animals that's killing our children. They're animals. And again, I don't care about being politically correct. They're killing our innocent children,” said Glenn Green, president of the Louisiana Municipal Black Caucus Association.
“We've got to come together as a community. We've got to say this is madness,” said Dr. Peter Scharf, Tulane criminologist.
New Orleans police believe multiple gunmen were involved because their investigators found several different types of bullet casings.
If you have any information on this triple shooting, call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111. You don't have to leave your name and you could get a $5,000 cash reward.