TERRYTOWN, La. (AP) - Gunmen in dark clothes kicked down an apartment door in a troubled New Orleans-area neighborhood and opened fire, killing two children and a woman, authorities said.
A third child was in critical condition after the shooting around 4 a.m., and investigators were searching for suspects, said Jefferson Parish Sheriff's spokesman Col. John Fortunato.
Dominique Sterling, 19, was shot in the back; her 23-month-old son, Robert Claiborne and a 6-year-old boy named Four Overstreet both were shot in the head, in bed.
An 11-year-old girl, also found in a bedroom, had been shot more than once and was in critical condition, Fortunato said. Her name wasn't released.
Investigators found marijuana and crack cocaine in the apartment, Fortunato said.
Fortunato said both suspects used handguns and one wore a red
bandana, a black baseball cap and black hooded sweatshirt.
The distraught mother of the older boy came to the apartment while investigators were at the scene and had to be subdued after she became violent with them, Fortunato said.
The shooting was in the Trianon Square neighborhood of Terrytown, a community about 10 miles southeast of New Orleans. The neighborhood is among the more crime-ridden in the parish, Fortunato said.
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