Officials Ask Public For Help In Drive-by Shooting Investigation

Aug 13, 2014

Mayor Landrieu called for an end to the "steady drumbeat of death."
Mayor Landrieu called for an end to the "steady drumbeat of death."
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New Orleans officials are asking the public for help in finding the gunman who killed two people and injured five others in a weekend drive-by shooting. Police have made some progress in the investigation.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is asking people with information about the Lower 9th Ward shooting to come forward.

“I have called it the relentless drumbeat of death that will not stop until we as a community demand that it stops," he said.

Landrieu said police are getting help from several agencies.

“A strong partnership exists between the federal government, the state government and the local governments. "We have partners working with this, on us from the state police, from the ATF, the FBI and the NOPD.”  

Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas says investigators believe they know who was inside the car involved in the drive-by.

“Give us the name of the shooter and we can move very fast on this particular case," Serpas said.

A relative of the victims says the 2-year-old boy shot in the head has suffered brain damage. His 4-year-old brother was permanently blinded. Their mother remains hospitalized. Two other victims have been released.