Boulevard of broken dreams

On Martin Luther King Day, gunfire erupts on Martin Luther King Boulevard:

The New Orleans Police Department said that five people were shot in Central City on Monday afternoon. Police said that the shooting occurred shortly after 1 p.m. on the corner of LaSalle Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. 

The shooting occurred near where the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Dayparade had passed some 30 minutes earlier. The shooting did not appear to be related to the parade, authorities said.

New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas said that the shots were fired out of a white, two-door sedan that drove by a grocery store located near the intersection of both streets.


"It's the state of affairs in our nation that young men do not heed the words of Martin Luther King Jr.," Serpas said. 

No doubt -- which is why any national policy on gun violence will need to address urban shootings like this, and not just whacked out suburbanites in malls and cineplexes. We haven't seen enough on that front, not yet.