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People react at the scene of the 3400 block of South Claiborne Street where three people are dead and seven more injured in a shooting in New Orleans, La. Saturday, July 28, 2018.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two armed individuals walked up to a crowd gathered Saturday evening outside a strip mall in New Orleans and opened fire, killing three people and wounding seven more, the police chief said.

NOLA.com reports that the shooting is likely gang-related and that the shooters targeted a specific victim.

From NOLA.com:

A law enforcement source told NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune that more than one officer with direct knowledge of the investigation said Jeremiah Lee was the intended target of the shooting. Lee was affiliated with Central City gang 3NG, the source said, and went by the name “Zippa.” 

The New Orleans Advocate, citing unnamed sources, reported earlier Sunday the shooters’ intended target was Lee and that Lee was affiliated with 3NG. The name 3NG refers to Third and Galvez streets, where the group operated in Central City’s Hoffman Triangle neighborhood.

The shooting happened on a busy thoroughfare about 3 miles (4.83 kilometers) from the French Quarter, police said.

Police chief Michael Harrison, speaking to reporters late Saturday in televised comments, said the two suspects believed to be wearing hoodies had a rifle and a handgun. He said they appeared to have fired indiscriminately into the crowd, striking ten people. Before fleeing they took time to stand over one person.

“We believe that they actually stood over one of the individuals and fired multiple rounds and then after that fled,” he said.

Police responding to the shooting found three victims – two men and one woman – who were pronounced dead at the scene. Seven other victims – five men and two women – were taken to two separate hospitals. Four of them were driven in private vehicles, and three were transported by ambulance.

Harrison said one underwent surgery and was in critical condition; the other six were in various conditions but none were considered life-threatening.

Harrison spoke with family members and friends at the scene of the “volatile and tense situation.” He called on people to come forward and help police find the killers and also asked people not to take matters into their own hands.

“This was an extremely tragic incident. A lot of people were out here tonight. A lot of people, we know, saw what happened, heard what happened. And we need more than anything for people to come forward to help the NOPD right now solve this case,” Harrison said.

Lawrence Russo was buying a scratch-off ticket at nearby gas station when he heard what he at first thought were firecrackers before he realized they were gunshots. He told NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune that he heard a total of 13 to 16 shots fired.

“They never stop killing each other,” he said, shaking his head as he spoke.

Near the scene of the shooting, beyond the police tape, people could be seen crying and hugging one another in comfort.

The New Orleans Advocate (https://bit.ly/2AlrJXt ) reported that a woman stood behind the crime scene tape shouting, “Pick my brother up,” as two bodies lay uncovered. NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reported two men were trying to console two sobbing women as one of the women shouted: “That’s my baby.”

Mayor LaToya Cantrell said in a statement: “There is no place in New Orleans for this kind of violence. I speak for everyone in our City when I say we are disgusted, we are infuriated, & we have had more than enough. Three more lives — gone. It has to end. It’s unacceptable anywhere.”

PHOTO: AP

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24 thoughts on “New Orleans Strip Mall Shooting May Be Gang-Related

  1. African American Woman on said:

    Like I always say, there will unfortunately, pockets of black folks like shecat who never move beyond moronville. Every fiber of their being is wasted on obsession with white folks until they don’t even know what they want anymore. Luckily, the ones of us who have moved beyond mental and emotional slavery will keep moving forward while shecat (apparently, )is a peckerwood-have no clue what that is) picked up a new word and is so proud, its all she can say…let’s give her round of applause, shall we?

  2. Blackbeckie on said:

    most of these comments are male but they r very busy looking at the black women chest and weave not to much that their crying. but nobody is safe around ninja’s.

  3. African American Woman on said:

    The ones of us who are living our lives as upstanding folks with moral regard for ourselves, our families and our communities need to stop our support and tolerance for the ones of us who seek to destroy our progress…we ned to shun these folks because they do not represent the greater number of us doing right by us. No other group pf people welcome and support the criminals amongst them but us. Time to drop the dead weight.

    • Mac Daddy on said:

      AAW, I agree, all black women are at least suspected of this stereotyped shiggidy behavior, unless and until proven otherwise. For me, the first sign is to hear well spoken and articulated English. Big plus. Second, the way your dressed in the setting, jiffy pop bag on your head? Oh hell fro the naw. Dress appropriately. Volume level, is you 2 snaps up, in yo face gurl, loud? I know these don’t apply to you from your writing, educated and thoughtful. Peace

    • Phoenix Rising on said:

      Really? You sound stupid female supremacist.
      ******
      “No other group pf people welcome and support the criminals amongst them but us.”
      ******

      Sorry to inform you Magabilly, that orange blob and the Republicans are supporting the most notorious criminals of all, and they ALL can be found in the WH and on Capitol Hill.

      • African American Woman on said:

        Keep your head in the sand and keep deflecting to white people…that is SO helpful when dealing with the real and pervasive issues holding us back…you are actually the racist- you hate your own people too much to say or do anything to advance us ahead. You’d rather stay stuck at the very bottom. I love our people because im brave enough to confront the truth and call us on it…someone with love always tells the truth even when it isn’t pretty.

    • Grady White on said:

      Not likely to get money out of it, since blacks were the shooters, so maybe 15 minutes of air time and a reality gig. This is how they think. Watch Sabrina Fulton, never cried for her son. No emotion, just scheming

      • SheCat54 on said:

        They were wearing hoodies so how do you know that? This sounds like an act committed by evil peckerwoods.

      • African American Woman on said:

        Even you know you believe the crap you just wrote…the shooters are black.

  4. Robert on said:

    I have never seen such a stupid group of people than you blacks born in America. You should be declared mentally retarded just being African Americans. Aren’t you dummies embarrassed by yourselves? You should be! Do people have to draw pictures with crayons to try to get you to understand things better and to try and reason with you? It’s just way past the point of being ridiculous. It’s not a stereotype, you are very very stupid and everyone knows it and laughs at you behind your back. Stop breaking the law and doing stupid things! Grow up and get with the program already! Idiots

    • MARC on said:

      YOU SHOULD MAKE THE SAME COMMENTS TO YOUR SKIN HEADS, NAZI’S AND KKK. THOSE ARE THE DUMB BITCHES OF YOUR SO CALLED RACE! I SEE YOU NEVER MENTION THESE DUMBASS SUBHUMANS. PLUS , ADD YOUR IGNORANT ASS PRESIDENT TO THAT LIST. YOU GOING CALL OUT PEOPLE, CALL OUT EVERYBODY , ROBERT

    • SheCat54 on said:

      You retards come on here and type harsh comments but, the truth is if you fu** ups where never created the world would truly be a beautiful place to live. You retarded fools are the real problem.

  5. tedgravely on said:

    I am so distracted by the pic that I can’t read the article. Who was the photographer that snapped that picture and thought it reflected the grieving resulting from the shooting? Anyway, hope they catch the shooter(s). Condolences to family and friends for their loss.

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