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Posted: Monday, 22 April 2013 4:19PM

JPSO: Suspects used AK-47 to shoot women and children

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand says four gunman posing as police opened fire with an AK-47 rifle and other weapons this morning, wounding two women and three children in a Harvey apartment.

A toddler remains in critical condition in a local hospital following the shooting.

At an afternoon press conference, Normand described the four suspects as "cold-blooded killers."  He said that some of the suspects are in the hospital and have not yet been formally charged.

Normand says investigators believe the shooting was the result of a "verbal altercation" at a New Orleans East bar six weeks ago.

The four suspects were captured early this morning after a high-speed pursuit across the Crescent City Connection into New Orleans.

JPSO Col. John Fortunato says shortly after 4:15 this morning, several officers heard commotion including multiple gunshots coming from an apartment complex in the 2300-block of Lapalco Boulevard in Harvey.  They raced to the scene and found find three children and two women suffering from gunshot wounds.  Col. Fortunato says all three children are ages three and under.

Fortunato says detectives learned that all victims were asleep in the apartment when there was a knock at the door and someone claiming to be police.  According to investigators, the perpetrators then began shooting.

Police arriving on the scene noticed a vehicle speeding away from the area and a pursuit began that went across the Crescent City Connection bridge and ended near downtown New Orleans, according to investigators. 

Fortunato says deputies recovered one weapon from the vehicle and found two more weapons and clothing that matched the description of the suspects' near where they ditched the vehicle.

Photo by WWL-TV's Bill Capo. 

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Locations : Crescent CityNew Orleans
People : Bill CapoJefferson Parish Sheriff NewelJohn Fortunato
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