A 1-year-old baby girl was shot and killed in the Central City area of New Orleans Thursday night.
A babysitter was taking Londyn Samuels for a walk around 8:20 p.m. on Thursday, when shots rang out. The babysitter was shot in the back. The bullet travelled through the babysitter’s body, striking the baby.
The babysitter was taken to the hospital and is in stable condition as of Saturday.
Family members said Londyn was a happy little girl, just learning to walk, who loved to dance.
In Los Angeles, the murder rate per 100,000 residents is eight. In New Orleans it's 50, criminologist Peter Scharf told the LA Times.
A jury convicted two men this week for the shooting of another baby in Central City during a second line parade. Bernell "Benny" Pollard, 24, and Jamiron Pollard, 31, were convicted of second degree murder in the death of 2-year-old Jeremy Galmon. The toddler was hit with a stray bullet while he sat in a parked car with his grandmother in 2010. During the trial, police detectives testitifed that 25 bullet cases were found at the scene.
The family held a vigil Friday night at the site of the shooting. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu attended.
"This ... baby was taken from us. You can't ever replace that," Landrieu said. "It's a drumbeat of death that is taking the precious from us."
"The reason we know it can stop is that it has not always been this way. This is not who we are as people," Landrieu said. "This is where we live, this is not where we are supposed to die."
Community activists are calling for a crack down on gun crime. WWL-TV reported on a community meeting at Café Reconcile, which Londyn’s 22-year-old mother, Andrea Samuels attended.
“As of last night at 8:30, the war is on. We’re going to fight for some stiffer, stiffer laws. This gun stuff has got to stop,” said Barbara Lacen-Keller, a New Orleans community activist.
“You are not alone,” Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell told Londyn’s mother. “This is not a show; this is real, this is life, and we’re living it together. But this has to stop. We’re all impacted.”