Police, mayor discuss latest on New Orleans weekend killings

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NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans police chief says police have developed more information about at least one of the occupants of a car involved in a deadly, weekend drive-by shooting in New Orleans.

Chief Ronal Serpas and Mayor Mitch Landrieu on Tuesday encouraged anyone with knowledge of the shooters' identities to come forward.

The shooting occurred shortly before 8 p.m. Sunday in New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward, killing two people and wounding five others.

Police said that Terrance McBride, the 33-year-old man who was killed, was the intended target of the shooters. Sixteen-year-old Jasmine Anderson also was killed.

Serpas said the conditions of a 32-year-old woman and her two young boys, ages 2 and 4, have improved but it remained unclear how long they'll remain hospitalized. Two other people injured were treated and released.

Serpas and Landrieu spoke at a news conference at the city's new 5th District police headquarters. Landrieu stressed that community involvement is vital to fighting violent crime in the city.

"Everybody's a loser in this culture of violence that exists in New Orleans," Landrieu said.

Serpas discussed ongoing efforts to recruit new officers for a police force that has dropped from about 1,600 to less than 1,200 over the last four years. By the end of the year, he said, the city will have held three recruiting classes each with about 30 new recruits.

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