NOPD Supt. Ronal Serpas says the investigation into the drive-by murders of a 25-year-old man and his 7-month-old son Wednesday night reveals the shootings may be the result of a conflict between two rival groups in Algiers.
"Our multi-agency gang unit has been investigating a dispute between a group known as the Fischer Fools and the Hot Block," Serpas said at a Thursday afternoon press conference at NOPD headquarters.
Police suspect 25-year-old DeShawn Butler, who was shot four times, was a member of the Fischer Fools group. His son, DeShawn Kinard, was shot once in the head.
Serpas says police are looking for at least two shooters, but they're not certain yet if there were more than two people in the dark-colored SUV that the shooters were in.
The victims were shot as they sat in a car at a traffic light on General de Gaulle Drive beneath the elevated West Bank Expressway. The gunfire came from an SUV that pulled up alongside the stopped car.
Meanwhile, the Crimestoppers reward in this case has gone up. The FBI and the ATF each have contributed $5,000, bringing the total reward to $15,000.
Crimestoppers President Darlene Cusanza is appealing to the public to call them if they have any information about this crime.
"There's a lot of money on the table, $15,000 cash, but there's also a grieving family and a grieving community out there who really want to find justice for this little baby and for his father," Cusanza said.
The Crimestoppers number is 504-822-1111.