MARRERO, LA. - A Westbank carnival became the scene of a deadly shooting Saturday night. Five teens were shot, one fatally, at a carnival located at the intersection of Lapalco Boulevard and Ames Boulevard in Marrero.

Dan Walter Kerry, 16, of Marrero, died of a single gunshot wound to the head. His family gathered outside his nearby home Sunday to comfort each other and mourn his loss.

'My last words to him was, 'Be careful Dan. Auntie Ice loves you, Dan. I love you so much. and I don't know how to exist in a world where you don't.' And Auntie Ice don't know how to do that,' said Icesiss Guy, Kerry's aunt.

Four teens, ranging from 14 to 18 years of age, were hospitalized for non-life threatening injuries. According to Kerry's family, Kerry was friends with at least some of the other shooting victims, but it's unclear at this point if he knew all of them.

Guy said her nephew was in the process of turning his life around, and had just started getting better grades in school.

'When he was younger, he was really misunderstood,' said Guy. 'And sometimes he got picked on and he got a little aggressive. But he grew to understand that those things would give him a turn for the worst.'

'He took a step back, took a complete turn around moved in the right direction. My nephew wasn't out here in the streets, on the corner, doing things he wasn't supposed to do. He was at a fair. He was at a fair with friends, among other kids his age,' added Guy.

JPSO officials said they found a number of 9 mm shell casings in an area in which there were hundreds and hundreds of people. They're still searching for the shooter, and a motive.

'We do believe the victim may have known the shooter, it's very unfortunate that young adults try to go to these events to try to enjoy themselves, and the moment the shots rang out, the crowd immediately dispersed,' said Col. John Fortunato, public information officer for the JPSO.

Fortunato said some JPSOofficialswere working detail for the carnival when they heard some kind of altercation, immediately followed by gunshots, and called for back-up.

The shooting is one of a number of recent violent acts in the metro area.Just hours after the shooting at the carnival,two men were shot in the parking lot of a Metairie motel, Sun Suites on Hearst Road. One was killed, the other is listed in critical condition. Officials believe both men were involved in a prostitution ring.

'Usually there's a relationship between theperpetrator and victims, and their first response is violence and gunshots. It's disheartening, it means they're not learning another way to deal with their disagreements,' said Darlene Cusanza, president and CEOof Crimestoppers, Inc.

And Kerry's family says, the violence needs to stop.

'Enough is enough and too much is too much. Where do you come to the point where my nephew got, and he was able to say, this is my turn around,' said Guy.

The carnival in Marrero was closed Sunday out of respect for the victims' families. Carnival officials said they're still deciding whether to reopen the carnival at all.

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