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Sully Simmons killed in Mid-City shooting with child in car

A two-year-old boy was discovered unharmed in the backseat of the car.



Lonnie Simmons Sr. has identified his 33-year-old daughter, Sully Simmons, as the victim who was fatally shot while in her car at the intersection of Orleans Avenue and North Broad Street on Tuesday.

Sully had just left a gas station before the attack occurred at around 1 p.m.

In a tragic coincidence, her sister, Coty Simmons, who was pregnant at the time, was killed on her birthday in 2008.

Lonnie Simmons Sr. also confirmed that Sully’s one-year-old grandson was present in the car during the shooting, but did not provide any additional details.

Following reports of gunshots in the 2700 block of Orleans Avenue, law enforcement officers arrived at the scene to discover a woman inside a vehicle who had suffered from several gunshot injuries.

The woman was transported to a hospital by New Orleans Emergency Medical Services, but she later passed away. In addition, a two-year-old boy was discovered unharmed in the backseat of the car.

Several individuals present at the location, who preferred to remain anonymous, reported seeing the individuals in a white Nissan Altima open fire on the victim as she was leaving the service station at Orleans and North Broad.

Witnesses captured footage following the incident that displays the woman, who was shot, slumped over in the driver’s seat of a silver sedan with a toddler, dressed in orange high-top sneakers, crying in the back seat behind her.

In the recording, a male voice can be heard saying, “Get the baby out of there. The lady was shot in her car, and the baby is still inside.”

The car sustained at least six bullet holes, with four in the driver’s side front door and one in the window.

A male witness commented that it was senseless for the child to lose a mother in such a manner, likely over something trivial, and that such issues are not worth someone’s life.

Currently, there is no further information available regarding the incident, including potential suspects or a motive for the crime. Anyone with information on the shooting is encouraged to contact Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111. Informants may be qualified to receive a monetary reward.