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Carjackings continue to turn fatal in New Orleans

This week's fatal carjacking, a councilwoman's father attacked, a pastor's wife killed with her own stolen vehicle -- all done by juveniles in the city.

NEW ORLEANS — On Tuesday, you heard Bradley King's story, when young thieves, one armed with a gun, stole items from his car parked in his Broadmoor driveway.


"Theft with a deadly weapon. I don't care if you're 13, 14-years-old, you can't be on the street. If we've got repeat offenders who are getting turned loose again and again and again with a slap on the wrist, they have no respect for the law,” King said.

SEE: 'He brought a gun onto my property:' Burglary victim calls out N.O. justice system after incident caught on video

"They're going to get more and more brazen every single time, until something really terrible happens,” he said.

it took just 24 hours for his prediction to come true.

King woke up to text messages from his friends, telling him about the car burglary in Mid-City that ended with murder.

Just before 10 p.m. Wednesday on 2700 block of Cleveland Avenue, police officials say 17-year-old Emanuel Pipkins was breaking into a car. They say Zelda Townsend and her husband confronted him. A getaway driver told him to shoot; police say he did, hitting Zelda Townsend in the head.
and killing her.

Her husband was shot in the arm but lived.

SEE: Teen kills woman trying to stop car break-in, New Orleans police say

"I shed tears today. I'm angry. My condolences. I can't imagine. I can't even begin to imagine," King said.  

For months, there have been reports on car thefts and break-ins committed by juveniles.

In April, the father of Councilmember Cyndi Nguyen (District E) was carjacked in broad daylight in New Orleans East. The councilwoman said her father was held by gunpoint by a bunch of kids and had his car stolen.

SEE: 238 juveniles arrested in New Orleans so far in 2019

In November 2018, a pastor's wife was killed when a carjacker ran over her with her own vehicle. Those accused of committing the carjacking and murder were in their teens.

"I miss my wife. She's the most beautiful honest, caring, strong, funniest, loveliest person I ever met in my life," the pastor said.  

SEE: Pastor preaches forgiveness after wife killed by carjacker

On Thursday, Mayor LaToya Cantrell and the NOPD held a press conference saying they plan on looking at other measures to tackle juvenile crime.

"They have weapons on them as they approach the car, so they're armed. And this is serious, and they're brazen, and they have no fear," Cantrell said.

Back in Broadmoor, however, King said until real things change around the city their message today remains hollow in his ears.

"Get things moving. Let's really make it a real topic. I just think that the city --a lot of times they got these PR things that they say, but they don't actually do anything," King said.