Saturday, August 25, 2007

The Emissary

When NOMB worked the case manager beat, we watched as two small Vietnamese girls sat in front of the members of Catholic Charities' Hispanic Forum and offered a partnership of sorts. A sharing of resources between two marginalized groups in the city.

But we never hear about them, until this happens:

Two people were shot to death and five others injured in an apparent barrage of gunfire late Friday night in eastern New Orleans, just a block from where a Vietnamese couple was slain in their home two weeks ago, New Orleans police said. Two victims were listed in critical condition and three people suffered injuries that were not life-threatening, police said.

The eastern New Orleans area has been a hotbed recently for armed robberies and home invasions. Several crews of stickup men, all using the same tactics, have struck unknowing contractors and residents, police sources said.

Living out in the East with no protection. While NOPD snags some West Bankers in a 100,000 drug raid that stretched across unincorporated Grenta/Westwego, these folks are battling it out. It's a turf war. Amid other rumors, the following quote is the one true thing we know

The murders shocked the tight-knit Vietnamese community, which as been a flurry of rebuilding activity in an otherwise sparsely populated part of the city.

I would expect to see this situation become more volatile and yet completely unspoken about.

In other turf war news, Hollygrove saw two more shot on Thurs after the 17 year-old got 16 shots:

Two men in their late 20s leaving a corner bar near Eagle and Edinburgh streets were approached by two men, who opened fire, Flot said.

Don't forget about the 7th Ward:
First District officers responding to a report of a shooting shortly after 7:15 p.m. found the man lying in the middle of the street in the 2000 block of North Prieur Street, near Touro Street. He was pronounced dead the scene.
A cell phone that rang intermittently lay on the sidewalk about 40 feet from the body. A New Orleans police crime lab technician put the phone into an evidence bag.

And Central City:
Second District police responded to a report of shooting at Loyola and Washington avenues shortly before 7:45 p.m. A 17-year-old man was shot in the back, and another man was shot in the leg

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