10-year-old speaks after being hit by falling bullet in New Orleans East

Fabian Rivera, 10, pointed at his bullet-wounded cheek while using his health center wristband — a tip of where he was when the clock struck Midnight 2022.Rivera, who survives on Edgelake Court in New Orleans East, was hurried to the health center after a bullet fell from the sky and struck him while riding on his yard swing. It was simply after 10 p.m., and the noise of neighboring fireworks clouded the boom of shooting. “We thought it was a firework until we saw the shot,” his cousin Diana Lopez informed WDSU Saturday. “We got scared and called the police.”NOPD detectives believe whoever fired the weapon into the air did so to commemorate New Year’s Eve. Authorities keep in mind that while celebratory shooting stays regular on vacations, it is prohibited.”You have to be careful not to shoot the weapons up,” Rivera stated. “The could fall down, and that thing could kill someone.””I felt so bad that they would shoot, because it almost took his life,” stated Lopez, pointing at her cousin. “It can happen to other people, and people can die from it.”Rivera isn’t the only New Orleans kid shot recently. Authorities state a one-year-old was shot Saturday near Decatur and Spain streets. And last Sunday night in Algiers, nine-year-old Dillan Burton passed away after being shot while in the rear seats of her mom’s car.NOPD: 2 other gun-related events Friday into SaturdayRivera’s examination was among 3 New Year’s Eve events including weapons, the NOPD said.Around 10 p.m. Friday, as officers were examining an unassociated traffic stop, they supposedly heard shots near the 7800 block of Coronet Court. There, they stated 3 individuals were discovered shooting weapons, consisting of a rifle. Authorities stated the individual with the rifle pointed it at them prior to running. Officers chased them, capturing a 17-year-old who was scheduled in the Juvenile Justice Intervention Center for 3 counts of worsened attack upon a policeman and one count each of prohibited usage of weapons, ownership of a gun by a juvenile and flight from an officer. Authorities are still searching for the other 2 suspects.Officers likewise reported around 12:30 a.m., an officer patrolling downtown near Canal and Chartres streets saw an individual pull a pistol from his waistband and wave it in the air. The officer approached the individual, a 15 year-old young boy, and detained him without more occurrence. Authorities stated the young boy was scheduled into the Juvenile Justice Intervention Center on charges of a juvenile in ownership of a gun and for prohibited carrying of a firearm.Anyone with more info on any of these events is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Fabian Rivera, 10, pointed at his bullet-wounded cheek while using his health center wristband — a tip of where he was when the clock struck Midnight 2022.

Rivera, who survives on Edgelake Court in New Orleans East, was hurried to the health center after a bullet fell from the sky and struck him while riding on his yard swing. It was simply after 10 p.m., and the noise of neighboring fireworks clouded the boom of shooting.

“We thought it was a firework until we saw the shot,” his cousin Diana Lopez informed WDSU Saturday. “We got scared and called the police.”

NOPD detectives believe whoever fired the weapon into the air did so to commemorate New Year’s Eve. Authorities keep in mind that while celebratory shooting stays regular on vacations, it is prohibited.

“You have to be careful not to shoot the weapons up,” Rivera stated. “The [bullet] could fall down, and that thing could kill someone.”

“I felt so bad that they would shoot, because it almost took his life,” stated Lopez, pointing at her cousin. “It can happen to other people, and people can die from it.”

Rivera isn’t the only New Orleans kid shot recently. Authorities state a one-year-old was shot Saturday near Decatur and Spain streets. And last Sunday night in Algiers, nine-year-old Dillan Burton passed away after being shot while in the rear seats of her mom’s vehicle.

NOPD: 2 other gun-related events Friday into Saturday

Rivera’s examination was among 3 New Year’s Eve events including weapons, the NOPD stated.

Around 10 p.m. Friday, as officers were examining an unassociated traffic stop, they supposedly heard shots near the 7800 block of Coronet Court. There, they stated 3 individuals were discovered shooting weapons, consisting of a rifle. Authorities stated the individual with the rifle pointed it at them prior to running. Officers chased them, capturing a 17-year-old who was scheduled in the Juvenile Justice Intervention Center for 3 counts of worsened attack upon a policeman and one count each of prohibited usage of weapons, ownership of a gun by a juvenile and flight from an officer. Authorities are still searching for the other 2 suspects.

Officers likewise reported around 12:30 a.m., an officer patrolling downtown near Canal and Chartres streets saw an individual pull a pistol from his waistband and wave it in the air. The officer approached the individual, a 15 year-old young boy, and detained him without more occurrence. Authorities stated the young boy was scheduled into the Juvenile Justice Intervention Center on charges of a juvenile in ownership of a gun and for prohibited carrying of a gun.

Anybody with more info on any of these events is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.