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Jaclyn Kelley / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS -- New Orleans police are investigating multiple shootings, which in the last twenty-four hours, have left at least seven people injured.

A 1-year-old girl is among the wounded, and stuffed animals and flowers now line the porch of a Pauger Street home.

Saturday night it became a deadly crime scene when four people were shot in a drive-by shooting, including the infant who was wounded in the crossfire.

'Any person that fires while kids are around, they don't have a heart,' said Rhondel Jones.

Police say a 24-year-old man was shot multiple times, as well as 32-year-old man, who was shot once. Both men are listed in stable condition.

However, Rhondel Jones' friend, 23-year-old Charles Collins, was not so lucky.

'When the shots rang out something told me it was him,' said Collins' great-aunt Jerryartis Brumfield.

Collins was shot multiple times and later died at the hospital.

Sunday night his grieving friends and family came together to celebrate his life with a candlelight vigil.

'Charles was a sweetheart, everywhere he went there was laughter,' said Brumfield. 'He was born into a troubled family, but he never sought trouble, trouble came to him.'

'He loved to play basketball, he loved to play football,' said Jones. 'Street ball, it was something we did in the community.'

While Collins' family prepares for a funeral, they say they take comfort in knowing he died a hero.

'He was running trying to get in the door, but by seeing the baby outside, he turned back around to shield the baby,' said Collins' cousin Kashandra Romant. 'So with him shielding the baby he got shot up.'

That little girl is now recovering from a graze wound to her leg, but is expected to be OK. Now, all his family wants is peace and justice so no other family has to experience the same loss.

'I just don't want anymore violence, I really don't,' said Brumfield. 'It's just awful.'

If you know something about the shooting on Pauger Street that could help investigators you are urged to call Crimestoppers at 822-1111.

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