(August 29, 2013) – Homicide Detectives are investigating the fatal shooting of a 1-year-old girl and the injuring of an 18-year-old female caretaker. The incident occurred just before 8:30pm in the 2800 block of South Saratoga Street.
The caretaker was walking in the block with the baby when gunfire erupted. The caretaker ran into a residence in the area after her and the baby sustained gunshot wounds to their bodies. The occupants of the residence called for police who arrived on the scene in less than a minute. EMS arrived less than five minutes and transported both victims to the hospital where the baby was pronounced dead and the 18-year-old female is listed stable condition.
Two unknown African American males who are believed to be the perpetrators.
Superintendent Ronal Serpas said, "When these men opened fire, it was still early, and people were still out and about in the neighborhood. We need people to come forward, and tell us what they know."
"These men took a baby's life tonight, and wounded a young woman. They don't deserve to walk freely among the people of New Orleans. They must answer for what they've done", Serpas said.
Investigators are currently in the process of gathering evidence and information to identify the person(s) responsible in this incident, as well as a motive.
Homicide Detective Robert Barrere is in charge of the investigation.
Citizens with information that can help solve these crimes are asked to call CRIMESTOPPERS at 822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP. You could receive a cash reward of up to $2,500 for the information leading to the arrest and indictment of the responsible person(s). You do not have to give your name nor testify to receive the reward. Citizens can also submit an anonymous tip online to Crimestoppers at www.crimestoppersgno.org
Any person who, after the commission of a felony, shall harbor, conceal, or aid the offender, knowing or having reasonable ground to believe that he has committed the felony, and with the intent that he may avoid or escape from arrest, trial, conviction, or punishment shall be charged with R.S. 14:25; Relative to Accessories After the Fact.
An accessory after the fact may be tried and punished, notwithstanding the fact that the principal felon may not have been arrested, tried, convicted, or amenable to justice.
Whoever becomes an accessory after the fact shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars, or imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not more than five years, or both; provided that in no case shall his punishment be greater than one-half of the maximum provided by law for a principal offender.
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