'I'm afraid to be outside or let my children go out there'

Paul Murphy has more information on a shooting that left one man dead and five others injured.

NEW ORLEANS - One man was killed and five others injured in what New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison called the worst mass shooting in the city this year.

Dozens of shell casings littered First Street between Claiborne and Derbigny, Sunday night shortly after 8, in Central City.

Police say 63-year-old Earnest McKnight, who was shot in the head died of his injuries on Monday. One shooting victim who did not want to be identified spoke with WWL-TV. He said he tried to get out of the way, but ended up getting shot in the arm.

"The next thing you know, you just hear the gunshots and everybody's running," he said. "I'm trying to go through the fence because I don't want get in the midst of the gunfire and I done got it."

Chief Harrison said his investigators believe two of the six shooting victims may have been the intended targets.

"We have members of our street gang unit, our MAG unit also working with analysts to develop information to tell us whether or not these are connected to gang violent acts or if this is some other type of drug deal gone bad," Harrison said.

Police are also trying to determine if the shooting is connected to other recent acts of violence in the area.

On September 5, there was a shooting near Claiborne and Washington. On September 6, police say two men armed with AK-47s, shot at another man in the 4200 block of Broad Street. Broadmoor neighbor Shel Roumillat heard the shots.

"I'm afraid to be outside or to let my children go out there, just for the sake of possibly getting caught in random crossfire," Roumillat said. "You shouldn't have to feel that way in your neighborhood."

Back at First and Derbigny, the shooting victim said he's not sure what's behind this apparent up tick in violence.

"I don't even know what's going on, how it started or whatever," He said. "It's just out here. It's the way of the world right now."

Police are asking for help in solving Sunday night's mass shooting.

If you have any information or video of the shooting, you are urged to call the NOPD or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.

(© 2016 WWL)


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