As the city reels from a mass shooting on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter that left nine people injured, a review of data from the NOPD on shootings in the past three years highlights a staggering amount of gun violence in the city.
NEW ORLEANS-- As the city reels from a mass shooting on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter that left ten people injured, a review of data from the New Orleans Police Department on shootings in the past four years highlights a staggering amount of gun violence in the city despite a downward trend during that time.
In 2013, there were 322 non-fatal shooting victims across the city, according to police records. Additionally, of the 155 murders that year, 138 (90 percent) were fatal shootings. A total of 460 people were the victims of shootings, both and fatal and non-fatal, throughout 2013, which averages to a shooting about every 18 hours in New Orleans. This was during a year that saw one of the lowest murder rates in decades in the city.
Of the 322 non-fatal shootings, there were several multiple shootings, including the Mother's Day shooting on May 12 during an afternoon second line at the intersection of Frenchmen and North Villere streets in which 19 people were shot. On Jan. 21, a mass shooting in the 2300 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard injured five teenagers in Central City following a parade on Martin Luther King Day. There was also a shooting on Bourbon Street on Feb. 9 that left four injured.
Much like murders in New Orleans, shootings are also decreasing in recent years. The 322 non-fatal shooting victims for 2013 are nearly 100 less than four years earlier when 419 people were the victims of non-fatal shootings in 2010. In sum, from 2010 through 2013, 1,521 people were the victims of non-fatal shootings in New Orleans.
Breaking down the shootings victims by sex and race
Both for fatal and non-fatal shootings, the victims are predominately African-American men.
Of the 322 victims of non-fatal shootings in 2013, the victims were overwhelmingly male, with 286 men shot or 89 percent. Thirty-six females (11 percent) were victims of non-fatal shootings.
The vast majority (93 percent) of the non-fatal shooting victims were African-American, with 299 victims. According to the NOPD data, 15 victims were white, four were Hispanic, three were Asian and one was unknown.
Two hundred sixty-seven African-American men comprised most non-fatal shooting victims for 2013. Similarly, of the 139 fatal shootings for 2013, 126 (91 percent) were male with 114 African-American men, or 82 percent.
Calculating fatal and non-fatal shootings, the city of New Orleans averaged about 38 shootings per month and nearly 9 per week during 2013.
March and January had the most shootings with 48 shootings in each month. January had nine fatal shootings and March had 19 fatal shootings, meaning three people were shot every two days in those months. With 19 people killed by gunfire, March had the most fatal shootings in 2013.
December and August had the fewest number of shootings, with 24 (7 fatal) and 25 (10 fatal) respectively. The seven people shot and killed in August was the fewest for fatal shootings in 2013.
Where shootings take place
In 2013, the only places that were relatively immune to shootings were large swaths of Uptown, particularly around Tulane and Loyola universities, most of Lakeview and the lakefront, the French Quarter and the Faubourg Marigny and Algiers Point -- not surprisingly since these are the more affluent sections of New Orleans.
Shootings were particualry concentrated in parts of Central City and pockets of the 7th Ward and St. Roch in the NOPD's 5th District.