Girl, 4, found dead in New Orleans Central Business District; coroner cites blunt force trauma | Crime/Police

A 4-year-old girl was found dead of blunt force injuries in New Orleans’ Central Business District, authorities said Tuesday.

The Orleans Parish coroner’s office identified the child as Jo’nyri Hawkins and said she died in the 500 block of Canal Street on Saturday. Police didn’t immediately name any suspects or release additional details other than to say homicide and child abuse detectives are investigating. Public records show police encountered the girl while responding to a report of an unclassified death in the 500 block of Canal on Saturday at about 5:20 a.m.

Two victims scatter after gunfire erupts in 100 block of Camp Street

Attempts to contact Hawkins’ parents Tuesday were unsuccessful.

She was by far the youngest of three people reported killed Saturday in New Orleans. Eddie Profit, 23, was fatally shot at the intersection of Hayne Boulevard and Jahncke Road in the Little Woods section of New Orleans

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4 people shot in New Orleans’ Central Business District in single episode, police say | Crime/Police

New Orleans police tracked leads Saturday in the shooting of four people in the Central Business District.

The gunfire erupted in the 100 block of Camp Street (map) on Friday at about 9:20 p.m., police said. At least two victims scattered, their injuries reported to police from other nearby locations and initially leading officers to suspect three shootings in 12 minutes. Investigators soon concluded it was a single incident.

The wounded people were found at the intersection of Camp and Canal streets at 9:23 p.m., St. Charles and Gravier streets at 9:26 p.m. and the 300 block of Magazine Street at 9:35 p.m.

All victims were taken to a hospital. Police did not release the identities of the victims, their conditions or information on suspects or a motive.

The violence broke out less than a week after a man was wounded by gunfire in the 100 block of Camp early

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