The New Orleans Police Department are looking for answers in another tragic shooting that took the life of a 13-month-old girl and injured her 18-year-old caretaker. According to WWLTV the shooting took place around 8:20 p.m on Thursday, August 29, 2013 in Central City.
Londyn Samuels and the unidentified female caretaker were on a walk in the 2800 block of South Saratoga Street when gunmen opened fire. The caretaker was shot in the back and is in stable condition after undergoing surgery at University Hospital. Samuels was pronounced dead at the hospital.
A SWAT Team was called to the 2800 block of LaSalle Street early Friday morning, when police suspects wanted for questioning refused to come out of an apartment. The SWAT roll is now over and two females and one male have been taken into custody for questioning.
The search for a second male continued as of 8 a.m., but the NOPD did not mention him their most recent update.
"This is the time. This is when the people of New Orleans need to rally up. stand up and say, 'This is what happened' Give us the information. Let us go make these people accountable for what they did," said NOPD Superintendent Ronald Serpas.
Unfortunately this type of tragedy has become an unsettling pattern in New Orleans. In the last four years, four children have been killed by shootings. There are also other numerous shootings where children have been injured by bullets "intended for other people."
- September 2010 - Jeremy Galmon, 2, was in a car when a bullet struck him in the face.
- December 2011 - Keira Holmes Gorden was shot while playing in a courtyard outside of her home four days before her second birthday.
- May 2012 - Briana Allen, 5, was shot while attending a birthday party for a 10 year-old boy. The boy was also shot, but survived.
- May 2013 - 19 people were injured by a spray of bullets during a Mother's Day parade including two 10-year-old children.
- August 2013 - Londyn Samuels, 13 months, shot while out with her caretaker.
As of today, August 30, 2013 the current count of murders in the Metro Area is 92. Deaths that have not yet been classified, may be classified later as muhttp://www.nola.com/crime/murders/rders.