New Orleans Police have gotten into a standoff with possible suspects in the murder of a small child and the wounding of the baby's sitter.
"Just after midnight our detectives attempted to interview an individual at a residence in the 2800 block of Lasalle Street. The occupants inside of the residence refused to speak with our detectives," Officer Frank Robertson said. "The SWAT Team has been deployed and is on the scene."
Cops were trying to talk to the people in the house to determine if they were involved in the deadly shooting on South Saratoga Street last night.
Robertson offered this update around 8:00am:
"Our SWAT team made contact with two adult females and one adult male. We are currently in the process of interviewing them. Our SWAT team is currently searching for another male who might be still inside of the residence. In addition three children were also inside of the residence. No one was injured or hurt during this process. The SWAT Team remains to be active on this scene."
Around 9:30am, Roberstson said, "All vehicular and pedestrian traffic is now permitted along LaSalle Street. No further information is available at this time."
It is all related to the double shooting.
"Homicide Detectives are investigating the fatal shooting of a 1-year-old girl and the injuring of an 18-year-old female caretaker" Robertson said in a news release. "The incident occurred just before 8:30pm."
He says the sitter was walking with the 13-month-old girl.
"The caretaker was walking in the block with the baby when gunfire erupted. The caretaker ran into a residence in the area after her and the baby sustained gunshot wounds to their bodies," Robertson explained. "The occupants of the residence called for police who arrived on the scene in less than a minute. EMS arrived less than five minutes and transported both victims to the hospital where the baby was pronounced dead and the 18-year-old female is listed stable condition."
In the release, Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas said, "When these men opened fire, it was still early, and people were still out and about in the neighborhood. We need people to come forward, and tell us what they know. These men took a baby's life tonight, and wounded a young woman. They don't deserve to walk freely among the people of New Orleans. They must answer for what they've done", Serpas said.
As for the suspects, Robertson said, "Two unknown African American males who are believed to be the perpetrators."
He added, "Citizens with information that can help solve these crimes are asked to call CRIMESTOPPERS at 822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP. You could receive a cash reward of up to $2,500 for the information leading to the arrest and indictment of the responsible person(s). You do not have to give your name nor testify to receive the reward. Citizens can also submit an anonymous tip online to Crimestoppers at www.crimestoppersgno.org"