Two children cling to life after New Orleans shooting

NEW ORLEANS — Three people, including two children, are in critical condition Monday after a drive-by shooting killed two people Sunday and injured five others, according to New Orleans Police Department officials.

Two boys, ages 2 and 4 who were shot in the head during the 8 p.m. CT Sunday shooting.

A 13-year-old girl is in stable condition, and a woman, 37, was treated and released from the hospital early Monday, said Frank Robertson, a New Orleans Police spokesman.

Jasmine Anderson, 16, who was to return to school Monday, was one of the people killed, relatives said.

"She was a good student, and she was just an innocent bystander," Lillie Reese, Anderson's great aunt, told The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune. "She had just gone to get a bottle of water and was walking past that house. Now my niece's life is gone behind someone else's foolishness."

Also dead is a man who appears to be in his late 20s, Robertson said in e-mail. His name has not been released.

All of the shooting victims were in front of a house when a dark car with men inside drove up, opened fire and sped off, Robertson said. Witnesses said several people were on the porch of the house in the Lower 9th Ward, a predominantly black neighborhood less than 5 miles from the French Quarter tourist district. Hurricane Katrina's floods overwhelmed the neighborhood in 2005.

Witnesses observed a dark-colored vehicle, possibly a Honda Accord, with a Louisiana commercial license plate fleeing the scene, according to the police spokesman. Police have not released a description of the suspects.

Contributing: The Associated Press


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