New Orleans police have identified the victim of a fatal shooting in the Gentilly Woods neighbourhood as 14-year-old Dajuan Wells. The incident occurred on Monday, January 29, near the intersection of Chef Menteur Highway and Louisa Street.
Wells was shot and killed at approximately 4:03 p.m., according to reports. Responding officers arrived at the scene to find Wells and his sister, who had witnessed the crime and sought help. The girl had gone to a nearby store to get the owner’s attention, but unfortunately, it was too late.
The store owner, Jadallah Saed, related the tragic incident and voiced his displeasure with the rising level of violence in the city. He stated, “We called 911 a couple of times. I went to the car. He’s already like, ‘We can’t do nothing. He got shot multiple times, and he’s already dead.'” Saed’s words reflect the growing concern among residents about the escalating crime rate in New Orleans.
The Orleans Parish coroner officially identified Wells as the victim on Wednesday, January 31. The New Orleans Police Department is investigating the incident, collecting evidence and information to determine a possible suspect and motive.
The fatal shooting of a 14-year-old boy in Gentilly Woods serves as a chilling reminder of the ongoing violence plaguing the city. Residents and community leaders call for stricter measures to address the escalating crime problem. It remains to be seen how law enforcement authorities will respond to this tragic incident and work towards ensuring the community’s safety.
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