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Monica Hernandez / Eyewitness News
Email: mhernandez@wwltv.com | Twitter: @mhernandezwwl

NEW ORLEANS - Police are working to find the gunman who shot seven people outside of a home in the 5400 block Burgundy Street Sunday night.

It happened while people on the block were going about their normal evening routine, visiting neighbors on their front porch.

Terrance McBride, 33, and Jasmine Anderson, 16, were killed. Five others were injured. Alanna Romain, 32, and her two young sons remain hospitalized. Her two-year-old sustained serious brain injuries, according to a statement from the family. Her four-year-old will be blind for the rest of his life.

In a news conference Tuesday, Mayor Mitch Landrieu said this shooting is reminiscent of others in which gunmen aiming for a certain person also hit innocent children.

'The city of New Orleans and this police department is not going to stop until we make sure justice is done, but we can't get it done without the community,' said Landrieu.

And as the community continues to display their support for the victims in a growing memorial filled with teddy bears and balloons, police say the most critical way to support the victims is by helping police find the shooter.

'What our community needs today is for the public to call Crimestoppers or whoever you'd like and give us the name of the shooter,' said New Orleans Police Chief Ronal Serpas.

Police believe the shooter was targeting McBride in a crime motivated by drugs and guns. McBride was out on bond on charges involving an illegal weapon and alleged heroin distribution.

Now, NOPD is working with state and federal law enforcement agencies in the investigation, including the DEA, FBI, ATF, and state police. According to the NOPD, 16 state troopers have been assigned to patrol the 9th ward through the end of the week so the NOPD can focus on this investigation.

Police believe they know the identities of at least two people in the getaway car, but still need the public's help getting the name of the shooter.

If you have any information, call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111. You don't have to leave your name, and the reward has been increased to $5,000.

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