NEW ORLEANS -- A possible rivalry between two Algiers gangs could be behind a shooting near the Crescent City Connection Wednesday night that left a 7-month-old child and his 25-year-old father dead.
Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas said law enforcement is investigating two Algiers gangs -- the Fisher Fools and the Hot Block -- with the idea that a dispute may have led to the shooting.
Serpas said officers also believe that there were two people in a black SUV that shot and fired into the victims' car. The incident occurred around 9 p.m. in the 2100 block of General DeGaulle.
The victims included 25-year-old Deshawn Butler, who was shot multiple times and died on the scene, and his 7-month-old son, Deshawn Kinard, who was fastened in a carseat in the back seat, was shot once in the left side of his head. EMS transported the infant to the nearest hospital, but he was pronounced dead upon arrival.
Police believe the shooter and Butler may have known each other.
'I am just so distraught over the death of my son and grandson. Deshawn got into the wrong crowd. It's just a senseless killing. I don't know what's behind it,'said Terry Smith, Butler's father.
The driver of the Honda and the front seat passenger, both women, were not physically injured in the shooting, and preliminary information leads detectives to believe the shooter and Butler knew each other, and that this shooting was not a random attack.
'I've been crossing under yellow tape for decades, and it's difficult and disturbing every single time.But it was heartbreaking to see what was clearly a bullet hole in the side of a baby's car seat,' said Superintendent Ronal Serpas. 'No family should have to endure the murder of a 7-month-old baby.'
'Our detectives are doing all they can to gather information to identify those involved. But we need people who know something about this to call us. Simply put, it's the decent thing to do, it's the
right thing to do, and it's our most effective way to put an end to senseless violence,' Serpas added.
No arrests have been made at this time, but police say that a black SUV may have been the vehicle that the gunmen were driving.
If you know anything that can help investigators, call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111, you can remain annonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward.