NEW ORLEANS -- At least three deadly shootings in ten years have happened in the 3400 block of South Claiborne Avenue, a block of the city with a history of violence.
The latest shooting Saturday night left three people dead and seven others injured. It happened in a strip mall that included a daiquiri shop, a cell phone store, the Chicken & Watermelon restaurant, and other retailers.
The earliest case of violence in the block of South Claiborne Avenue is one of the most storied killings in New Orleans history. Drug kingpin Telly Hankton was convicted of standing over Darnell Stewart on May 13, 2008 and shooting him repeatedly.
In October 2011, the younger brother of John Matthews, who owned Jazz Daiquiris at the time, was gunned down three days after Hankton was given a life sentence in the 2008 shooting. Matthews testified against Hankton in the trial.
In 2014, The Advocate reported two women who were cousins of Hankton were accused of shocking a third woman with a stun gun and hitting her with a car.
New Orleans Police Department Superintendent Michael Harrison described the events leading up to Saturday night's shooting during a press conference later that night.
He said police believe two people with hoodies on came from behind and opened fire, shooting multiple people outside of the daiquiri shop. Two of the victims killed were men and the third was a woman.
"We believe that they actually stood over one of the individuals and fired multiple rounds," Harrison said.
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On Sunday afternoon, NOPD said that investigators obtained evidence that lead them to believe the shooting in gang related. Police said that one of the men killed was the intended target.
The shooting is being investigated by NOPD, Louisiana State Police, the U.S. Attorney's Office, ATF and FBI.