NEW ORLEANS -- A 4-year-old is hospitalized and his grandmother is dead after a double shooting in New Orleans East Sunday morning.
The shots rang out around 10:30 a.m. in the 13000 block of Maple Wood Drive.
For grieving family members, the loss is overwhelming.
'I was shocked. I just couldn't believe it,' said Hallet Lewis, the victim's sister-in-law. 'She's a good person. It's unbelievable.'
Police responding to a call that shots were fired found a 44-year-old grandmother gunned down in the second floor of her New Orleans East home. Her 4-year-old grandson suffered a graze wound to the forehead.
'The child was coherent, coherent enough to give some information about hearing gunshots and was able to talk to the sergeant when the sergeant asked the child a few questions,' said Commander Michael Harrison of the New Orleans Police Department's 7th District.
The child was hospitalized and remained in stable condition as of Sunday afternoon, according to police. Another person was home at the time, allowed police in and is cooperating with the investigation, said Harrison.
Police are withholding the victims' identities while they notify family members.
Neighbors say the grandmother had lived on the quiet street for less than a year. She was known as the 'candy lady' because she sold sweets from home.
'She was a loving, caring person. She would give you anything. All you had to do is just ask and she would give it to you,' said the victim's niece, who asked to remain anonymous.
This is just the latest in a number of shootings involving women and children in New Orleans in the last few weeks. Family members say the violence has to stop.
'They need to stop all this killing. There's too much killing. Too much. And then babies, children,' said Lewis.
'It's very unfortunate and we are doing everything that we can to stop that,' said Harrison. 'Emotions are always involved [when a child is harmed] and it is a little tougher to deal with but we're still going to get it done.'
Now, another devastated family hopes justice will be served as they cope with the loss of a grandmother and pray for an injured little boy.
Police are following a lead in this case but wouldn't give details.
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