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3-year-old dies at hospital after drive-by shooting in Algiers

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.
Credit: New Orleans Police Department
The New Orleans Police Department says 19-year-old Ronjae Steadman was booked into the Orleans Parish Justice Center Tuesday on one count of principal to second-degree murder.

NEW ORLEANS — Authorities say a teenager is in custody in the ongoing investigation into a drive-by triple shooting that killed a man and a 3-year-old boy on Monday evening.

The New Orleans Police Department says 19-year-old Ronjae Steadman was booked into the Orleans Parish Justice Center Tuesday on one count of principal to second-degree murder.

Police say the shooting happened around 7:20 p.m. Monday near Vespasian Boulevard and Leboeuf Street. Investigators say a 23-year-old man, a 3-year-old boy, and a 48-year-old woman were at the intersection when a car drove up and someone started shooting at them.

All three victims were struck by gunfire. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman and toddler were taken to the hospital where the child later died. Police did not say if the woman's injuries were considered life-threatening.

The NOPD did not identify any of the victims or name a possible motive for the shooting. Investigators tell The New Orleans Advocate | Times-Picayune that detectives are searching for additional potential suspects besides Steadman. 

Steadman was also booked on illegal possession of stolen things, illegal carrying of weapons, and resisting police.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the NOPD homicide detective Thaddeus Williams at 504-658-5300. Residents can also report information anonymously to Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111. 

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