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‘You don’t deserve a bullet in the head’ | Oliver Thomas’ niece was injured in a shooting in New Orleans



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Thomas’ niece is in hospital for treatment, but another woman died at the scene.

NEW ORLEANS — Councilor Oliver Thomas announced that the woman wounded in a double shooting in New Orleans East on Tuesday was his niece.

Speaking on Thomas’ morning talk show on WBOK-AM, he said his niece was shot twice in the head.

“Two young girls were shot dead with over 50 bullets yesterday. One died,’ said Thomas. ‘Fortunately my niece didn’t die. Luckily she can still fight for her life.”

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Thomas’ niece is in hospital for treatment, but another woman died at the scene.

Thomas said the car the two women were in belonged to his niece’s boyfriend. He hasn’t identified any of the victims.

“So when four young men jump out of a car at 3:30 a.m. and shoot at a car with two young women in it and my niece was driving her boyfriend’s car,” Thomas said, visibly shocked. “I don’t blame the police. I don’t blame politicians. I blame us. Maybe our families are wrong. Maybe we’re not raising our children with the values ​​and care we should have. Maybe I wasn’t the best uncle.”

Thomas represents New Orleans East on the City Council and chairs the council’s Criminal Justice Committee. He has spoken openly about the violence in New Orleans, which recently made national headlines for leading the nation in homicides per capita.

“She wasn’t listening. She wasn’t with the right boys or the right young men. She didn’t make the right decisions. But her friend didn’t deserve death, and she doesn’t deserve a bullet in the head and face,” Thomas said. “Nobody deserves that.”

New Orleans police are looking for four male suspects in connection with the shooting. Anyone with information is asked to call Homicide Detective Matthew Riffle at 504-658-5300 or CRIMESTOPPERS at 504-822-1111.

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