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'This has to stop' | Six shot, two killed in New Orleans East

Police originally reported that one person was killed in the shooting, but as of 5 p.m. have said that a total of six people were shot, two of them killed.

NEW ORLEANS — Six people were shot, two of them killed, in a New Orleans East shooting Friday afternoon.

According to New Orleans police, the shooting happened around 2:14 p.m. near the intersection of Peltier Drive and Alcee Fortier Boulevard.

Police originally reported that one person was killed in the shooting, but as of 5 p.m. have said that a total of six people were shot, two of them killed.

"These beefs are escalating," Councilmember Oliver Thomas said. "No matter where they see, who they're looking for, no matter what time of day it is."

A witness told WWL-TV off-camera that he saw multiple men shooting from the breezeway that connects a parking lot to a stripmall with apartments in the back.

There were at least 99 evidence markers at the scene, making dozens of shell casings.

"They're actively hunting down the people they want to shoot and kill. And that's crazy," Thomas said. "And we've got to get them off the street. "

The New Orleans police are also investigating shootings in St. Roch and the French Quarter.

New Orleans police began investigating a homicide in the 1800 block of Painters Street in the St. Roch neighborhood around 12:46 p.m. The NOPD said a woman was shot and was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Less than two hours later, police began investigating a separate shooting in the 600 block of Esplanade Avneue near the French Quarter. Around 2:04 p.m., a man was wounded in a shooting. Paramedics took the man to a hospital for treatment.

"They don't care whether children are around, they don't care whether you're at a restaurant or bar. They don't care if it's in the middle of the day, or late at night," Green said. "This has to stop."

Anyone with information on any of these shootings is asked to call CRIMESTOPPERS at 504-822-1111.

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