Saturday, June 17, 2006

Sadly, New Orleans getting back to normal

Nation: As the murders start to pile up.

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. "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.

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