Neighbors say quintuple shooting on MLK Blvd. is 'embarrassing'

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Posted on January 21, 2013 at 6:29 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 21 at 6:41 PM

Paul Murphy / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS -- Five teenagers were shot in the Central City neighborhood of New Orleans shortly after Monday's Martin Luther King Day parade moved passed the area.

Police spent the afternoon collecting evidence and shell casings outside a grocery at Martin Luther King and LaSalle.

Investigators say shortly after 1 p.m., a late model, white, two-door sedan drove past the store, and a gunman opened fire on a group teenagers standing on the corner in front of the store.

"So far we know of five injuries," said NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas. "We do not expect that any of those injuries are fatal at this time."

The shooting is more than a little unsettling for neighbors who witnessed the crime. Many of them were still outside enjoying the day after watching the parade which passed by within a half hour of the shooting.

"I just heard the gunshots, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom," said Tanile Legendre. "I ran outside and a saw all the kids just scattering. It must have been just 15 minutes after the parade."

"It's not the first time," said Ashley Stewart. "It's always something like that going on. It makes us scared and keep your children locked up inside. Can't even just hang out and talk to your friends, you know, and sit down and have fun without something like that going on around here."

The significance of this shooting on Martin Luther King Day on Martin Luther King Boulevard is not lost on people who live in this Central City neighborhood.

"I just think that's so sad for them to be doing that, shooting and killing on Martin Luther King Day," said Legendre. "It's embarrassing to the community."

"Can't even just hang out and talk to your friends, you know, and sit down and have fun without something like that going on around here," said Stewart.

Serpas said a surveillance camera at the store caught the shooting on video.

"Interesting, we saw the video and was watching the video and a police car passed in front of the store about a minute or less before the white vehicle came behind it and fired on these young men."

If you can help identify the white sedan or the shooter, call Crimestoppers at 822-1111.

 

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