One dead, six people shot in Central City

One man was shot in the head Sunday morning according to the NOPD.

NEW ORLEANS -- Six people were shot Sunday night in Central City, leaving one man dead. 

The incident happened shortly after 8 p.m. at First and South Derbigny streets. 

Five men and one woman were injured in the shooting. The victims range in age from 23-63 years old.

"One of the six victims sustained a life-threatening gunshot wound to the head," said NOPD Spokesperson Tyler Gamble in an email. That man is listed in critical condition, according to the NOPD. The five other victims have injuries that are not life-threatening.

That victim, a 63-year-old Earnest McKnight, later died, according to the Orleans Parish Coroner's Office 

Gamble added the full count of victims was not immediately available Sunday night because about half of the victims were taken to different hospitals via private conveyance.

Authorities said they believe the suspect intended to shoot someone who was at the location and struck several bystanders in the process. 

"I think this is the largest mass shooting we've had in the city this year, with six people shot," said NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison. "We're looking into how this may be connected to any other crimes, any other acts of violence that have taken place in that area."

Harrison added police are also looking to see if there is any gang-related connections to Sunday's shooting.

Police are still looking for video surveillance and a suspect.

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

 

(© 2016 WWL)


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