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4 injured in shooting outside of Dollar Tree on Chef Menteur

The shooting happened shortly before 12:30 p.m. in the 4200 block of Chef Menteur Highway.

NEW ORLEANS — Four people have been injured in a shooting off Chef Menteur Highway that occurred Thursday afternoon at a Dollar Tree. Police say a man got out of a car, chased two victims and started shooting. He then got in a black Kia and fled. 

Police believe the shooting was intentional. The victims are a man, a woman and two juveniles. 

Thursday’s shooting is the second in the area in less than 24 hours. Two people were killed Wednesday when someone sprayed bullets outside a Walgreens on Elysian Fields and Gentilly. 

“At the end of the day there’s no excuse for the types of crimes I’ve seen over the past two days. It’s not to be tolerated its not acceptable and there has to be consequences to protect the innocent,” Councilman Eugene Green said Thursday. 

Green is outraged and says there must be consequences for those who commit these crimes. 

Police say it’s unclear if the two shootings are connected. 

“We’re certainly concerned about any shooting however that’s an active homicide investigation we will be consulting with our homicide investigators if there's any connection,” New Orleans Police Department Third District Captain Wayne DeLarge said. 

Green says the two shootings less than a day apart are not reflective of the community. 

“It paints this area in a bad light but its not, its an area of homeowners Gentilly woods ponchartrain park it's an area where there's a university where students are pursuing education nits a place where business owners are investing in their community,” Green said. 

Residents who live near the scene of Wednesday’s shooting that occurred at Walgreens are concerned. One man who lives right next door to the location says he heard dozens of shots. He even has a bullet hole in his wall from a shooting that occurred in 2019. 

“I’m relatively safe thanks to the wall but with that bullet hole still in my wall and dining room chair I’ve decided to move somewhere else,” David Rooney said. 

Police are still looking for the suspect of Thursday’s shooting. They say he fled in a black Kia and will release photos of the vehicle as soon as they can. 

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