BLACK THUGS FIRE 12-ROUNDS into a CROWD wounding a 3-year old GIRL
NEW ORLEANS CRIME NEWS UPDATE: 07-16-2014
In shooting of toddler and teens, police say more than 12 rounds fired into crowd The two men accused of wounding a 3-year-old girl and two teen boys last week in a Gert Town-area shooting sprayed a crowded city street with more than 12 bullets, according to New Orleans police. Cousins Matthew Joseph, 23, and Kevin Butler, 21, both of Gentilly, were arrested within three days of the gunfire last Tuesday (July 8) that wounded the three juveniles in the 1300 block of South Salcedo Street. Court documents on their arrests revealed new details about the incident, including investigators' assertion that "more than a dozen rounds were fired into a large crowd with no consideration for the safety of any bystanders." It remains unclear whether the teens, aged 16 and 15, were the intended targets of the shooting. The younger boy was treated and released after sustaining a gunshot near his hip, but the 16-year-old was critically wounded by a shot to his abdomen. He was upgraded to stable condition last Thursday. Nat'Tasha "Minnie" Thompson, the 3-year-old girl shot in the back while playing in her driveway, was an innocent bystander whose wounding elicited outrage from both residents and police. She also was upgraded to stable condition last week after initially being wounded critically. Police said they were working to provide an update on the victims' conditions Monday afternoon. Joseph was arrested Thursday night, after police responding to an anonymous tip found him in Central City, driving a white Nissan SUV matching the description of the vehicle in which the gunmen had escaped. The SUV was registered to Joseph's girlfriend, who told detectives that Joseph had spent Tuesday night at her Eastern New Orleans apartment. Investigators obtained a search warrant for that apartment in the 7000 block of Bundy Road, and said they uncovered evidence there linking Joseph to the shooting. NOPD Detective John Waterman reported finding "several items of clothing matching the descriptions of those worn by the shooter," and found a 9mm handgun hidden under a mattress.