A woman was shot dead in the downtown law office of a prominent local woman’s family in New Orleans, Louisiana, according to authorities.
The victim was identified as Lorna Johnson, who was shot and killed on Friday morning outside her law office on the 1st floor of a building at 18th Street and Louisiana Avenue, according the Louisiana State Police.
The incident comes a day after a man was fatally shot at a different law office by a man who called himself “the baddest man in the city”.
The suspect in that shooting was charged with capital murder.
In the shooting, which was caught on security cameras, the victim, identified by the Louisiana Law Enforcement Division as Larena Johnson’s sister, was also struck in the head with a projectile that went through the window of the building.
“There was a lady that was in the office, and she said the gunman was shooting at her sister,” said Police Chief Michael Harrison.
“We had two officers that had the surveillance video of the shots fired, and they did everything they could to prevent a tragedy like that.”
The suspect was taken into custody.
A spokeswoman for the New Orleans Police Department told Al Jazeera that the incident was not considered suspicious.
Johnson’s sister described her sister as a “very good person”, but added that she was a “good person, very kind”.
“She was a woman who cared about her children, who loved to travel and had a wonderful life,” she said.
“She just loved her job.
It was the last place she was going to be working.”
Larena was the daughter of local politician Laren D’Amico, who is also a former Louisiana governor.
Laren Johnson’s brother, Keith, was a longtime associate of Laren’s and a former aide to then-governor Bobby Jindal.
Johnson had served as the executive director of the Women’s Legal Education and Defense Fund, which has helped raise money for legal challenges against Louisiana’s abortion restrictions.
The group’s website states that the organisation was founded in 2009 “to advocate for equal rights for women and girls” and “to champion the civil rights and dignity of women and children”.
The website says Johnson had been a “long-time advocate for women’s rights and women’s leadership” and that she “led the Women in Law Project for 15 years”.
The Louisiana chapter of the National Organization for Women also condemned the shooting.
“We express our deepest condolences and deepest sorrow for the loss of Lornae Johnson and the loss to her family,” NOB president Karen Lewis said in a statement.
“The tragic shooting of Larena Johnson is another tragic reminder of the need to maintain the civil liberties that our nation was founded upon.
Women’s lives and health are on the line every day.”‘
We have to get to the bottom of it’Laren’s husband, Robert Johnson, told the New York Times that his wife was a lawyer who had “done an incredible job” as president of the New America Foundation, a foundation focused on “the social, economic, environmental, social justice and human rights implications of climate change”.
“We have got to get the truth out there,” he said.
“She was very passionate about women’s issues.”
Johnson was a former president of Louisiana’s Legislative Black Caucus and served as a co-chair for the state’s Republican Governors Association.