New Orleans baby shot: While cradling a one-year-old girl, an 18-year-old babysitter in New Orleans was shot through the back, hitting the infant in the chest and killing her, reports USA Today on Aug. 30.
Londyn Samuels, only 13 months old, was being carried by her sitter as they made their way through a park in the Central City section of New Orleans, an area known for crime and gun violence.
The baby’s father, 20-year-old Keion Reed, received the call from his wounded baby sitter, telling him that she and his daughter had been shot. The babysitter is in critical condition.
“She said, ‘Kee, we got shot — me and Londyn,’” Reed said.
Londyn's mother, 22-year-old Andrea Samuels, ironically was working at a non-profit organization dedicated against anti-violence when her own daughter was shot and killed.
"I’m hurt," Andrea sobbed, "Because that was my baby."
Father Keion echoed the despair.
"In the back of my head, this is a bad dream I haven't woken up from yet."
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said "Enough is enough," and while the city’s murder rate, which at one time led the nation, has dropped, more needs to be done.
"When a young man kills a child in the arms of an 18-year-old, we have to take it to a new level," Mayor Landrieu said. "The shooting has got to stop."
Police have two suspects in mind, but are receiving little help from witnesses. Investigators have released grainy photos showing two black men running from the scene, and have offered a $5,000 award leading to the apprehension of the suspects. No motive has been released, and there was no crossfire or shootout, police have said.
"We know that people in our community know more than they are telling us," Police Chief Ronald Serpas said. "We would ask the people of New Orleans that know something about this to ask yourself, ‘What kind of a man would shoot at a woman holding a child?’ That's not the kind of person you want to protect."
Speaking of the gunman, Keion said, "My daughter didn't do anything to him. Why did she have to die?"