POSTED: Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 12:00pm
UPDATED: Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 12:04pm
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WDSU) — In the past five days, police say four teenagers have been shot in separate shootings across New Orleans.
The shootings occurred as Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced that the murder rate is down 13 percent from this time last year. The victims' families said that's cold comfort as they mourn their loved ones.
Police said 15-year-old Brandon Adams was gunned down Friday near Montegut and Pleasure streets.
His mother spoke out against the violence plaguing the streets after a vigil in his honor. Her son's 15-year-old girlfriend, Christine Marcelin, was found dead Monday. She had been shot several times.
"To watch my child lay there, me rocking and holding him, saying, 'Please wake up. Let Mama take you home, take care of you,' and now for this other child to have lost her life because she seen something, heard something -- how many more have to drop dead before somebody open their mouth?" Adams' mother, Shawan Adams, said
It's a question many other families are asking after the rash of violence.
On Wednesday afternoon, a 13-year-old boy was shot in the back after getting off a school bus in the 8800 block of Froshey in Hollygrove. Police said the child is in stable condition.
Investigators said the teen does not appear to be the intended target but was caught in the crossfire when a group of men started shooting.
A woman, who does not want to be identified, said her 11-year-old grandson had just gotten off the same bus.
"I heard the police sirens coming, and I know it's time for my grandson to come home from school. So I'm trying to get out the door to see where he was at," the woman said.
A 14-year-old boy is also recovering after being shot in the back Tuesday in the 2300 block of St. Andrew Street in Central City.
Police are asking anyone with information about these shootings to come forward.