Today, just after noon, a teenage boy was shot in the head just a block and a half from our house.
He’s dead now.
There have been so many shootings in the past 24 hours that this only merited 15 seconds on the nightly news. But since we live in the neighborhood, we know more than what was reported on TV.
For one thing, we know the killer, who is still at large. He is also a teenager. His name is L—. Once he helped Xy carry her bags. She says he’s very nice.
He is also a drug dealer, and that probably had something to do with whatever dispute led to the shooting.
The boy who got shot is called Pissy, but we didn’t know him.
The girls who live across the street were disturbed by all this and so they spent some time at our house today. Apparently the rumor was going around that Pissy was shot by a white man. I don’t know what to make of that.
It’s sad, but I’ve gotten so used to hearing and reading about murders in the city that this doesn’t surprise or disturb me very much at all.
Update — May 12th, 2004: L— turned himself in:
An 18-year-old New Orleans man wanted in the shooting death of a 15-year-old on Saturday a few blocks from Canal and North Broad streets turned himself in to authorities Tuesday, police said.
L— H—, 1219 France Road, was booked with second-degree murder in the death of Preston Turner, who was shot not far from his home, police said.
H— is accused of being one of two occupants in a car that drove up to Turner in the 300 block of North Gayoso Street shortly before 12:30 p.m.
At least one of the men fired from the car, striking Turner several times, police said.
Turner died at the scene, police said.
Update — July 9th, 2004: L— has been charged with first-degree murder:
L— H—, 18, was charged with the first-degree murder of Preston Turner, a 15-year-old who was gunned down May 8 in the 300 block of North Gayoso Street. Turner was shot and killed about 12:30 p.m., after telling his cousin he was going out to get something to eat.
First-degree murder carries either the death penalty or life in prison upon conviction.