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06-18-2006, 08:12 AM
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[SIZE="4"][COLOR="Purple"]5 People Killed in New Orleans Shootout[/SIZE]

Sunday, June 18, 2006

NEW ORLEANS — Five people ranging in age from 16 to 19 were killed in a street shooting early Saturday, the most violent crime reported in this slowly repopulating city since Hurricane Katrina hit last August.

All were believed to have been gunned down while inside a sport utility vehicle that was found rammed against a utility pole in the Central City neighborhood just outside the central business district.

Authorities said they were looking for one or more suspects but did not elaborate.

Capt. John Bryson said police think the shootings were either drug-related or some type of retaliation attack. A semiautomatic weapon was used and "multiple, multiple rounds" were fired, he said.

"I think the motivation we're looking at is pretty obvious," he said. "Somebody wanted them dead."

Bryson said he could not remember the last time this many people were killed in once incident — before or after Katrina. "I can't remember five," he said.

Four of the victims — a 16-year-old, a 17-year-old and two 19-year-olds — died at the scene. Another 19-year-old, believed to be the brother of the youngest victim, died later at a hospital, police said.

There was no immediate word if any of the victims had been armed. Their identities were not immediately released.

Terrance Rayly, 23, who was staying in a home nearby, said he heard the shots after getting in from a music club.

"It was like 15 gun shots," he said. "I heard pop, pop, pop, pop, pop."

The shooting left many people feeling unsafe in the poor Central City neighborhood where people sat on porches and discussed the incident Saturday.

"Lord, this is like the sixth person killed around here in the last month," said Monique Jackson, a 27-year-old housekeeper who lives around the corner from the crime scene. "It's getting bad now."

She added: "I don't want to ever hear about a murder ever again. It's just young people doing it to each other."

Crime, including murder, has been creeping back after Katrina emptied the city of its residents when it hit on Aug. 29, flooding 80 percent of New Orleans. Current population estimates vary but the city is believed to have less than half its pre-storm population of about 455,000.

So far, 52 people have been murdered in the city since Jan. 1, half the number of murders at this time last year, Bryson said.

There were only 17 killings in January through March. But the rate picked up after that — there were 13 in April alone, followed by 22 in May and June, including Saturday's killings.

Bryson said the recent spike in murders, which he said was connected to drugs, was not just a "police problem" or a "New Orleans problem."

"It's a Louisiana problem, it's a United States problem," he said. "We're begging the citizens to join with us to coordinate with watch groups."
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06-18-2006, 09:06 AM
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WELCOME HOME New Orleanians/angyfire

Hanging out in central city at 4:30 in the morning…you are asking to be shot! Sometimes I’m so ashamed to call this city home. New Orleans is falling deeper and deeper into a hole that they will never get out of, imo.
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06-18-2006, 09:23 AM
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Well, maybe if N.O. gets rid of all those housing projects (they spoke of last week) and doesn't have as many 'government assisted living' people, they may be able to reduce this crime by not having as many of them live there. This is obviously people who do not work for a living. But, if NO continues to be a city that cares for and houses people like this, unfortunatly, this will always be the headlines! I think since Katrina, people have realize just how many of these types of people actually live in that city. And, IMO, as long as you have people who don't work and have the gov't pay for the places they live....there will be crime like this.

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06-18-2006, 09:35 AM
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Eye, I agree with you…and unfortunately, I don’t see anything changing as long as Willy Wonka is in office.
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06-18-2006, 09:39 AM
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It's easy to be hanging out at 4am in the morning when you're high on crack, or meth. And we haven't heard the last from this latest massacre, there will be some retribution slayings. New Orleans inner city culture is a culture of violence, from which there is no escape, no return to a more civil state. Past the point of return, in my view. I think nothing can be done about it.
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06-18-2006, 09:40 AM
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Ziggy Wrote:Eye, I agree with you…and unfortunately, I don’t see anything changing as long as Willy Wonka is in office.

Well, it's kinda a double edge sword Ziggy. Some how and some way, these particular people get sympathy from people who live elsewhere. And, unfortunatly, if they're put out on the streets, and their housing developments are torn down or, are forced to get jobs or they will be put out.... people outside this area say...."ohhhh, poor pitiful people". And, it also turns racial. As we saw with Katrina. So truthfully, as you said, I see no end in site to this mess.

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06-18-2006, 03:07 PM
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Let them kill themselves off! Good riddance.
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06-18-2006, 07:14 PM
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natural selection proger?

" There is only one duty, only one safe course, and that is to try to be right and not fear to do or say what you believe." - Winston Churchill

"In the history of the world, the true test of a civilization is how well people treat the most vulnerable and most helpless in their society. The sponsors and supporters of this bill believe that abortion is wrong because unborn children are the most vulnerable and most helpless persons in our society. I agree with them." - Mike Rounds, Governor of South Dakota
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06-18-2006, 08:57 PM
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soonermeteor Wrote:natural selection proger?

Exactly, Bry!!
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06-18-2006, 09:36 PM
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proger Wrote:Exactly, Bry!!

I like the way that you two think.../thumbup /headbang
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