An 11-year-old girl was killed and two others, including her young cousin, were injured early Monday, when several gunmen opened fire on a house in Pension Town, according to New Orleans police. A spokesman for the Orleans Parish Coroner’s office identified the girl as Arabian Gayles.
She died hours after the 12:15 a.m. shooting in the 1300 block of General Ogden Street, where several other sleeping children ages 4 through 9 and two adults survived the barrage unscathed, police said.
Arabian’s 11-year-old cousin and a 38-year-old man suffered wounds that were non-life threatening, police said.
Arabian’s cousin, 11-year-old Paulreiona Cary, was shot in the hand, and 38-year-old Tommy Briggs was shot in the arm, according to accounts from police and family members. Their wounds were not life-threatening.
New Orleans police on Thursday announced six reputed gang members were indicted on charges stemming from the 2013 murder of 11-year-old Arabian Gayles.
Authorities said the the triple shooting that killed Gayles and wounded her 11-year-old cousin and a man at a home on General Ogden Boulevard was the act of gang members committing a robbery. Three suspects were arrested this week, and three others were already in jail on other charges.
The three men arrested Thursday are Chris Arana, 20; Roderick Taylor, 20; and Ronnell Martin, 18. The suspects already jailed were identified as Terry Green, 20; Jacshan Griffin, 18; and Jermaine Scott, 19.
Around midnight last Sept. 2, gunmen opened fired from outside the home in the 1300 block of General Ogden in Pension town, piercing the walls and striking Gayles in the head.
SEPTEMBER 11, 2014
NEW ORLEANS, LA—Today, the NOPD with assistance from the Multi-Agency Gang Unit, arrested six individuals in connection with the September 2, 2013 shooting on General Ogden Street that killed 11-year-old Arabian Gayles and injured two others.
Three of the six individuals were arrested today.
20-year-old Chris Arana is charged with one count of First Degree Murder and three counts of Attempted First Degree Murder. The NOPD has identified Arana as a member of the Breadwinners (M-Unit) gang.
18-year-old Ronnell Martin is charged with Accessory After the Fact to First Degree Murder. The NOPD has identified Martin as a member of the Breadwinners (M-Unit) gang.
20-year-old Roderick Taylor is charged with Accessory After the Fact to First Degree Murder.
The remaining three individuals were already in prison and will be rebooked with the new charges.
20-year-old Terry Green is charged with one count of First Degree Murder and three counts of Attempted First Degree Murder. The NOPD has identified Green as a member of the MMG gang. Green is currently in Orleans Parish Prison on unrelated drug charges.
18-year-old Jacshan Griffin is charged with one count of First Degree Murder and three counts of Attempted First Degree Murder. The NOPD has identified Griffin as a member of the MMG gang. Griffin is currently in Orleans Parish Prison on unrelated gun and drug charges.
19-year-old Jermaine Scott is charged with one count of First Degree Murder and three counts of Attempted First Degree Murder. The NOPD has identified Scott as a member of the MMG gang. Scott is currently in Department of Corrections custody. He will be transferred to OPP and booked on the new charges.
In addition, all six of these individuals will be booked with two counts of Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery.
“Today’s arrests send a clear message that we will continue to be relentless in our efforts to go after the dangerous individuals who are terrorizing the streets of our neighborhoods,” said NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison. “I want to thank the men and women of the NOPD Homicide Unit, the MAG Unit and the NOPD Street Gang Unit for their hard work to bring these individuals to justice.”
The NOPD Homicide Unit has led this investigation since the incident occurred. Over the course of the investigation, the NOPD received information that the incident may have been a result of an attempted armed robbery by two known gangs involving drugs. Based on that information, the Multi-Agency Gang Unit joined the investigation which resulted in the multiple arrests.
“The people of New Orleans have demanded that the violence stop, and these arrests are proof that our law enforcement partnerships are working hard to make it happen,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “We are holding these gangs and groups accountable for their actions. The rules have changed.”
Formed by Mayor Landrieu, the Multi-Agency Gang Unit was designed to focus additional resources on the groups of individuals who continue to commit acts of violence in our neighborhoods. As an integral component of NOLA FOR LIFE’s Group Violence Reduction Strategy, the MAG Unit consists of a partnership with New Orleans Police Department (NOPD); Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office (DA); Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office (OPSO);Louisiana State Police (LSP); Parole Board of the Louisiana Department of Corrections; United States Attorney’s Office (USAO); Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF); Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); United States Marshal’s Service (USMS); and the United States Probation & Parole Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana.