NOPD makes arrest in shooting of 13-year-old boy

NOPD makes arrest in shooting of 13-year-old boy

POSTED: Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 4:45pm

UPDATED: Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 4:49pm

New Orleans detectives have arrested a 17-year-old man for opening fire yesterday in Hollygrove, and shooting a 13-year-old boy in the back.

Last night, officers arrested Georval Lewis at his home in the 9100-block of Forshey Street.

He’s accused of opening fire yesterday around 4:40 or near the corner of Eagle and Forshey Streets. One of the bullets went through a 13-year-old boy’s back, and exited through his chest. The wound caused one of the teenager’s lungs to collapse. He is still being treated for this injury.

Members of the community contacted police and told them of Lewis’ possible involvement. Detectives went to Lewis’ home and arrested him in the backyard of the house. Soon after, they obtained a search warrant for the home. During the search, officers found a handgun and marijuana.

During a taped interview, Lewis admitted to being in possession of the handgun, and firing the weapon at two unknown subjects in the incident yesterday. He said he started shooting because someone else had opened fire first, and was targeting his friends.

Lewis is booked with Aggravated Battery (by shooting), Illegal Carrying of a Weapon and Illegal Use of a Weapon. His photo is attached to this release.

“Incidents like the one yesterday are extremely disturbing. Here were innocent kids, like this 13-year-old victim, who were minding their own business and doing the right thing. They were in class all day, and were confronted with gunfire just seconds after getting off their school bus on a Wednesday afternoon”, said Superintendent Ronal Serpas. “It saddens me to think that kids with promising futures could have had their lives cut short by random violence.”

“I want to thank the community members who came to police to tell us who was involved in this shameful crime. Again- our Department cannot fight crime alone. When the people of New Orleans work with us, we make arrests, and we make a difference”, Serpas said.

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