NEW ORLEANS — By Saturday morning, a city still in turmoil over a shooting rampage at a Mother’s Day parade last Sunday saw the beginning of another bloody weekend.
A 29-year-old woman was shot dead in Algiers on Friday night, followed by two more killings within four hours.
The three slayings punctuated a week of collective reflection in the city over its unyielding gun violence and neighborhood gang problem.
Last Sunday, two brothers with ties to a 7th Ward gang allegedly opened fire on a second-line parade, injuring 20. Four remain hospitalized, three in critical condition. During the days-long manhunt for the attackers, the city had a brief respite from bloodletting.
But around 8:40 p.m. Friday, 29-year-old Kendrell Glover was shot in the 1200 block of Horace Street, near the intersection of Lamarque Street in Algiers. She was found lying on the ground with several bullet wounds in her body, according to the New Orleans Police Department. She was taken to Interim LSU Public Hospital and later died.
A witness told detectives that they saw a black Nissan Titan pickup flee the scene after the shooting.
Less than four hours later, around 12:20 a.m. Saturday, more shots were fired near the intersection of Fourth and South Galvez streets in Central City, according to the Police Department.
New Orleans police found 37-year-old Bobby Jackson lying in the grass, suffering from several gunshot wounds. He also was taken to Interim LSU Public Hospital, where he later died.
One minute later, a witness called police to report that a man had been shot in the Florida neighborhood.
Donovan Dugar, 20, was found on his front lawn in the 5100 block of Congress Street, shot multiple times. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Anyone with information on any of the killings is asked to call the New Orleans Police Department’s Investigations Bureau at (504) 658-5300. Tips can also be made anonymously through Crimestoppers, at (504) 822-1111 or at crimestoppersgno.org, which offers a possible cash reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment.
Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas last week attributed the capture of the two Mother’s Day shooting suspects to citizens’ tips, suggesting that the code of silence on the streets of the city was beginning to shift.
Akein and Shawn Scott are both booked with 20 counts of attempted second-degree murder, each count individually punishable by up to 50 years in prison. They were being held at Orleans Parish Prison in lieu of $10 million bond.
Five others were booked as accessories for allegedly harboring the Scotts during the days-long manhunt.
The Police Department’s announcements about this weekend’s killings again warned readers of the possible punishment for aiding those who’ve committed crimes: up to five years in prison and a $500 fine.