Two people were killed and two others wounded in a quadruple shooting Friday afternoon in Hollygrove, an area of the city that has seen a surge of gun violence since late last month, according to police.
Police said officers were patrolling nearby when they heard gunshots and were flagged down by a passerby who pointed them to the 8600 block of Belfast Street.
Officers found four people there who had been struck by gunfire. A man and a woman were pronounced dead at the scene, and paramedics took two other women to University Medical Center for treatment, said Jonathan Fourcade of New Orleans Emergency Medical Services.
A quadruple shooting in Hollygrove on Friday afternoon left two people dead and two others wounded, New Orleans police said.
Police didn’t identify any of the victims, name any suspects or discuss a possible motive.
But a woman watching officers comb the scene for evidence told reporters that the slain man — who was found lying between two houses on the block — had survived being shot several weeks earlier and may have been a target.
The woman, who declined to give her name, said the other slain victim was sitting on the porch of a nearby home and was apparently hit by gunfire.
“It’s ridiculous,” she said. “It’s not even safe to be outside.”
While the woman didn’t share the dead man’s name, police records show a 34-year-old man was shot and wounded on the same block just after midday on Oct. 21. Police said that man was walking when someone in a car drove up and shot him.
Three days later, 22-year-old Jacob Reeder was shot to death while riding in a car near the corner of Erato and South Genois streets in the nearby Gert Town neighborhood.
Within a half-hour of Reeder’s killing, back in Hollygrove, a 26-year-old man was shot in the knee while at the corner of Olive and Hollygrove streets.
Then, two hours after that second shooting, two men, 27 and 33, were wounded by gunfire in the 8600 block of Green Street in the Leonidas neighborhood, which is adjacent to Hollygrove.
Jacob Reeder and a friend were driving through Gert Town to get a bite to eat last weekend when they noticed they were being tailed, police said.
At a public briefing a few days later, a police sergeant said detectives believed the pair of shootings immediately following Reeder’s killing were related. The sergeant said investigators suspected the second one was retaliation for Reeder’s death and may have been carried out by a group of people who had been watching police investigate the scene of Reeder’s slaying.
The sergeant stopped short of saying whether the third shooting was thought to be vengeance for Reeder or for the retaliatory attack.
Police also didn’t say whether the two shootings on the 8600 block of Belfast on Oct. 21 and on Friday were part of the cycle of violence involving Reeder’s death. But those shootings were each less than a mile from the scenes of the shootings on Green Street and at the corner of Olive and Hollygrove.
On Friday, officers placed about a dozen evidence cones typically used to mark spent bullet casings on the street in front of the porch where the dead woman lay. They photographed a black car which was pressed up against a silver vehicle parked on the side of the road while facing the opposite direction.
The black car’s windshield wipers were left on, and the silver vehicle’s hood was up. A crowd of about 100 people gathered outside of a grocery store on one corner of the block and watched the police activity.
On the opposite side of the street, a woman identifying herself as the wife of the slain woman ducked under the crime scene tape and spoke with police. After that conversation, she began weeping loudly and several people took turns embracing her.
She declined comment when asked by reporters if they could interview her.
Killings as well as non-fatal shootings have jumped significantly in New Orleans this year when compared to 2019. Homicides were up nearly 75% at the start of Friday, when there had been at least 164 killings reported in the city so far this year, according to unofficial statistics maintained by the New Orleans City Council.
Non-fatal shootings, meanwhile, have jumped about 55%, those stats show.
WWL-TV’s Devin Bartolotta contributed to this report.