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Paul Murphy / Eyewitness News
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NEWORLEANS-- Deshawn Butler, 25, grew up in the Woodmere neighborhood of Harvey on Shannon Drive with three brothers and three sisters. His father, Terry Smith, said his son was a good guy who got mixed up with the wrong crowd.

Butler and his 7-month-old son Deshawn Kinard died in a hail of bullets that struck the car they were traveling in as it headed down General De Gaulle Drive in Algiers, Wednesday night.

'I am distraught about the death of a son and grandson,' said Smith. 'It was a senseless killing.'

Smith says he believed the shooting was in retaliation for an earlier incident involving, 'the guys (Deshawn) used to hang with.'

Sources say last month's triple shooting at the corner of Copernicus Street and Mardi Gras Boulevard in Algiers may some how be related to last night's shooting.

Smith says his son was in jail at the time of that shooting. Butler is currently on probation for a drug charge and has a string of minor arrests for theft.

Smith says somebody shot at his son at a gas station on General De Gaulle this past July 4th.

The family says the fact baby Deshawn won't have his first Thanksgiving or first Christmas is heartbreaking.

'We're dealing with it,' said Dianjani James. 'We're going to deal with it. We love each other, but right now, we just want to be alone.'

Woodmere neighbor Courtney Coleman says he remembers a different side of Butler.

'He was a pretty cool dude,' Coleman said. 'We used to play basketball, every now and then, we used to come over there. It shouldn't of happened to him. The violence need to stop, you know.'

Another Westbank neighbor who did not know Deshawn Butler says as a fellow dad, he's worried that little children are now being shot dead on the street.

'It makes you kind of scared to put your kid in the car with you because you have road rage and you never know what's going on these days and time,' said Corey Anderson. 'These guys out here doing these things like this, I mean, I don't know what's wrong with them, but it's not right. It hurts.'

Police say the shooting may be part of a festering feud between rival groups on the Westbank, the Fischer Fools and Hot Block gangs.

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