Hollygrove shooting injures bystander, happened near girls’ soccer practice

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The New Orleans Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred in Holly Grove Thursday night. The shooting was reported at the intersection of Mistletoe Street and Edinburgh Street. Police say the victim was driving when a group of people started shooting at each other. Stray bullets hit the victim’s car and the victim was shot. City officials tell WDSU more than 60 shots were fired and more than 100 little girls were playing soccer nearby. None of the children were injured, WDSU sources said. The NOPD said the shooting happened at Conrad Park and the children were playing football at Cuccia Byrnes Park, 0.7 miles away. The victim was taken to an area hospital by EMS. actively investigating a gunshot-aggravated battery which occurred in the 9100 block of Edinburgh Street. “The victim was driving to football practice around 6.30pm when the incident happened near Conrad Park. It did not happen near Cuccia-Byrnes Playground, which hosts regular football training and is several blocks away.” Investigators recovered more than 60 casings in the area. They are also scouring the area for additional evidence that may help identify the shooters.” 822-1111 and toll-free at 1-877-903-7867.” At-Large New Orleans Councilman JP Morrell , who recently took office, released a statement following the incident, criticizing the NOPD’s classification of the shooting. “This is completely ridiculous. Classifying this as ‘battery aggravated by shooting’ is offensive. This was an attempted murder with the specific classification to be determined by additional facts of the investigation.” This classification highlights highlighted the concerns of our previous meetings with the manipulation of crime statistics. We need facts, not pleasant platitudes to make citizens sleep easier at night. We don’t sleep, as it does because of the gunfire and carjackings in our neighborhoods. “I am a close friend of the victim’s family and I know several families whose children had to touch the ground or cower behind sofas. What happened to this victim last night, near playgrounds filled with “children, could have happened to any of us. We need to address this issue urgently, to put out this fire before it consumes our city.” Councilman Oliver Thomas also issued the following statement about the incident: NOPD gave the following response to Morrell’s statement: “NOPD has been and will continue to be one of the most transparent departments and a leader a leader in police reform. We have a Federal Comptroller and an Independent Police Comptroller reviewing what we do. The signal officers respond to is the initial classification of the incident they are responding to. Any charges related to the initial signal will be determined as the investigation progresses. There have been no arrests in this case yet. Once an arrest is made, the facts of the case will determine the appropriate charge.

The New Orleans Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred in Holly Grove Thursday night.

The shooting was reported at the intersection of Mistletoe Street and Edinburgh Street.

Police say the victim was driving when a group of people started shooting at each other.

Stray bullets hit the victim’s car and the victim was shot.

City officials tell WDSU more than 60 shots were fired and more than 100 little girls were playing soccer nearby. None of the children were injured, WDSU sources said.

The NOPD said the shooting happened at Conrad Park and the children were playing football at Cuccia Byrnes Park, 0.7 miles away.

The victim was transported to an area hospital by EMS.

Anyone with information that can help in the investigation of the incident is asked to call NOPD Second District Detectives at 504-658-6020.

The NOPD released the following statement regarding the incident:

“The NOPD are actively investigating a battery aggravated shooting incident which occurred in the 9100 block of Edinburgh Street.

“The victim was driving to football practice around 6.30pm when the incident happened near Conrad Park. It did not happen near the Cuccia-Byrnes playing field, which regularly hosts football practice and is several blocks away.

“Investigators have recovered over 60 casings from the area. They are also scouring the area for additional evidence that may help identify the shooters.

“Anyone with information is asked to contact the Second District at 504-658-6020 or call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 and toll-free at 1-877-903-7867.”

New Orleans At-Large Councilman JP Morrell, who recently took office, released a statement following the incident, criticizing the NOPD’s classification of the shooting.

“This is completely ridiculous. Classifying this as ‘battery aggravated by shooting’ is offensive. This was an attempted murder with a specific classification to be determined by additional facts from the investigation.

“This classification highlights concerns from our previous meetings about the manipulation of crime statistics. We need facts, not pleasant platitudes to make it easier for citizens to sleep at night. We don’t sleep like we do because of the shootings and carjackings in our neighborhoods.

“I am close friends with the victim’s family and know several of the families whose children had to hit the ground or cower behind sofas. What happened to this victim last night near packed playgrounds children, could have happened to any of them.

“This Council will soon be moving forward with action based on the hearings of the past ten days. It is time in New Orleans that we urgently address this issue, to put out this fire before it devours our city.”

Councilman Oliver Thomas also released the following statement regarding the incident:

The NOPD gave the following response to Morrell’s statement:

“The NOPD has been and will continue to be one of the most transparent departments and a leader in police reform. We have a Federal Comptroller and an Independent Police Comptroller looking at what we do.

The signal to which agents respond is the initial classification of the incident to which they are responding. Any costs related to the initial signal will be determined as the investigation progresses. There have been no arrests in this case yet.

Once the arrest is made, the facts of the case will determine the appropriate charge.”

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