NEW ORLEANS -- Four of the victims in Sunday’s second line shooting remained hospitalized Wednesday, three in intensive care. As they tried to recover, the outpouring from people wanting to help began reaching a fevered pitch.
The streets of New Orleans are a passion for Deborah "Big Red" Cotton, but the Gambit second line correspondent was one of the 19 shot in a Mother’s Day second line on those same streets.
“I think the level of outpouring is commensurate with the amount of outrage that people feel in the community and I think that people really want to do something right now and that's showing,” said Gambit Editor Kevin Alleman Wednesday.
The Tipitina's Foundation and Gambit are working together to give people a way to help. According to Alleman, they're hosting a benefit concert next Thursday night at Tipitina’s, with proceeds benefiting Silence is Violence through the United Way.
“There's a fund being set up that's called the '19 Fund,'” he said.
It's aimed at helping the 19 shooting victims who may need money, services or just plain support. And it's just one way local groups are getting involved.
“That's very traumatic, you know? And that's why we want to step in,” said Bivian “Sonny” Lee, founder of the Son of a Saint Foundation.
The group mentors young men to give them stable, positive male role models. Lee was hoping to help the 10-year-old boy who was grazed in the face in Sunday’s shooting.
“We want his family to know that we're open. Open arms for him to join. We take the kids in age 9 to 13 and we keep them till they're 18,” Lee said.
The boy was shot once before when his 5-year-old sister was killed at a birthday party. It's one of many heartbreaking stories from Sunday's violence.
The New Orleans Musicians Clinic is also hosting a blood drive to help those who are still hospitalized. It is next Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the New Orleans Musicians Clinic.