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Latest victim dies after 20 people shot in 5 days

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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

The most recent New Orleans shooting victim - one of 20 people shot in five days - has died. The death is the fifth since Thursday.

The 17-year-old was shot Monday just after 4 p.m. near Eads and N. Rocheblave streets. The victim died at the hospital less than an hour later.

A New Orleans man who has crusaded against violence for decades said there's something going horribly wrong. From Perdido Street, where three people were shot Monday morning; to Eads Street at a graduation party Friday night, where 15-year-old Tremaine Robertson was killed; it has been a bloody Memorial Day holiday.

"I'm angry because my son's at risk," said activist Al Mims.

The shootings began Thursday night on Gen. Taylor. There were two murders Friday on Chef Highway and Eads. Three people were shot Sunday in Algiers, and there was another murder on Chef Highway Sunday night.

On Monday, someone opened fire on a bicyclist at Gov. Nichols Street and N. Claiborne. Minutes later, the shooting at Eads and N. Rocheblave occurred.

"We got children being shot, and nobody saw nothing," Mims said.

For Mims, the crime is personal. He sees it almost daily around his Central City home, and the violence claimed the life of his father, a Korean War veteran.

"My father was killed - that's personal," Mims said. "I've been shot."

This Memorial Day, Mims is thinking about his father, Al Mims Sr., who survived the North Koreans only to be killed in Mid-City in 1987.

"A man can go to war and not get scratched, and come back to the most powerful nation on earth and get killed, and nobody saw nothing," Mims said.

No one was ever arrested for Mims'  murder, and police report no arrests in any of the 18 shootings in the past five days.

Mims says the solutions are obvious: more police, better parenting and more community involvement. And after crusading against crime for 25 years, he's growing weary.

"In this community, we've got more memorials than I've got hair on my head," Mims said.

But the ex-boxer, said he'll keep fighting as long as he is able. 

The NOPD is collecting surveillance video from at least one of the crime scenes, but a department spokeswoman said police are not yet ready to release any details.

Anyone with information about any of the crimes is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111. Callers may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward for tips that lead to an arrest and indictment.

 

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