Maya Rodriguez / Eyewitness News
NEW ORLEANS-- A string of shootings across the New Orleans metro area overnight left at least seven people injured and three dead-- including an 11-year-old boy. Eight victims were in New Orleans; two were in Jefferson Parish.
The shooting involving the most number of victims happened just before 10 p.m. on Friday. Five people-- four teens and a man-- were shot on North Gayoso Street, after a basketball game at nearby Warren Easton High School.
New Orleans Police were also called to the scene of a shooting in Hollygrove around 9:30 p.m. on Gen. Ogden Street. A man was shot in the arm and leg there, after police say two men tried to rob him.
The NOPD is also investigating two fatal shootings, including one man killed in the 8500 block of Curran Road in New Orleans East. Another man was found burned and shot to death in the 3700 block of North Rocheblave Street in the Ninth Ward.
New Orleans Police declined to comment on any of the other overnight shootings.
"It's time for us to curtail the violence in our city, the metropolitan area," said Rev. Norwood Thompson, who helped organize a gun buy back program on Saturday.
In Jefferson Parish, there were two shootings overnight, including one man in the 6200 block of the Westbank Expressway in Marrero. His injuries are not life threatening.
An 11-year-old boy, though, was killed after a stray bullet struck him in the head. The shot came through a glass door at his home in unincorporated Westwego. Minutes before, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office had received calls of shots heard in the vicinity.
"Anytime that you're in a residential neighborhood and you're riding around popping caps at people-- bullets go places, whether you shoot it in the air or shoot it horizontally, they go places," said Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand.
A gun buy back program was held in Jefferson Parish on Saturday to get unwanted weapons off the streets. People received $50 for a handgun and $200 for an assault weapon. The gun buy back was held in honor of 7-year-old Paige DeJean, who was killed two years ago after she was struck by a stray bullet while she slept at home.
"We're trying to curtail the violence," Rev. Thompson. "I'm tired of seeing our children dying on the streets. Something has to be done-- and this is one of the ways we think we can help curtail it."
More than 100 weapons were brought to two gun buy back locations. Organizers hope to hold another gun buy back in April.
Anyone with information on any of these cases in either New Orleans or Jefferson Parish are being urged to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.