CCTV footage: Jonshel Alexander Shot & killed! What happened- Full report. Alexander, a New Orleans native who grew up in the 8th Ward, was shot dead in her hometown’s 7th Ward Saturday night.
A young actress who played a supporting role in the Academy Award-nominated film Beasts of the Southern Wild was shot and killed in New Orleans on Saturday night.
Jonshel Alexander was reportedly with a man in a car when an assailant shot them both. The man drove himself to the hospital, while Alexander was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics, according to The New Orleans Times-Picayune. She was 22 years old. The shooting occurred in the city’s 7th Ward.
Jonshel Alexander Shot- What Happened?
The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported that investigators have located a vehicle of interest, a maroon pickup truck that they suspect was used by the killer.
When she was 12, Alexander was cast in the supporting role of Joy Strong in Beasts of the Southern Wild, beating out thousands of other kids for the part. The film, which was nominated for four Academy Awards, focused on a poor bayou community, and cast non-actor, native Louisianans in many roles.
“She brought life to everything,” Alexander’s mother, Shelly Alexander, said, according to the Times-Picayune. “Jonshel was feisty, jazzy, spoiled. It was her way or no way. Jonshel was like, ‘It’s going to be me.’ She was like, ‘I’m going to be in this movie.’ [The filmmakers] fell in love with Jonshel.”
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Investigators have identified a vehicle, a maroon pickup truck, that was used in the shooting and are currently working to locate a person of interest captured on video wearing a hooded face mask. People with information about the truck or the crime are being asked to call homicide detective Brittany Kimbrough at (504) 658-5300 or anonymously reach out to Crimestoppers of Greater New Orleans at (504) 822-1111 or (877) 903-7867.