1 killed by gunfire in Central City home
Man also shot dead in 7th Ward attack
Monday, March 26, 2007
By Katy Reckdahl
The city's 2007 murder count rose by three on Sunday, the result of two homicides and the death of a man who had suffered multiple gunshot wounds a month ago.
The latest New Orleans killing occurred about 7:20 p.m. in Central City. At that time New Orleans police were sent to the 2500 block of Freret Street after someone called about a "male down" in a house. Officers found a man dead with a gunshot wound to the head in a vacant residence at 2510 Freret St. between Second and Third streets, said Sabrina Richardson, a Police Department spokeswoman.
The man was not supposed to be in the house, and authorities did not immediately know where he lived, she said. His identity was not immediately known.
About an hour earlier at 6 p.m., a 22-year-old male, who was said to be a displaced New Orleanian visiting from Houston, was killed by an unknown gunman in a spray of bullets that also sent another young man to the hospital.
Medical responders pronounced the man dead on the scene as he lay on the ground outside a house on North Roman Street near Laharpe Street in the 7th Ward.
After the shooting, NOPD investigators -- working with FBI agents who now appear at every major crime scene -- placed 14 bright-green markers over shell casings that littered the ground near a silver Grand Prix, which was parked by the curb with its passenger-side door open.
Details on the incident were vague, but the 22-year-old man had been sitting on the passenger side of the car when another male approached and opened fire, Richardson said. The wounded passenger opened the door and ran, but he collapsed a short distance away. Another male, standing nearby, was hit by gunfire and taken to a local hospital, where he underwent surgery.
Members of a crowd that gathered in a nearby empty lot didn't have much to say about the victim.
"I can tell you that he didn't do nothing to deserve this," an older woman who knew him said.
A few people said the victim, who remained unidentified by police late Sunday, would have survived but for a slow medical response: About 45 minutes had elapsed between the shooting and the ambulance's arrival, they said.
"The police were just standing there watching him die," one young man said.
Richardson said that according to police records, emergency-medical personnel were notified at 5:46 p.m. and were on the scene at 5:58 p.m.
Earlier Sunday morning, another shooting left a man and a baby wounded in Gentilly. Just after midnight, a man with an assault rifle opened fire and wounded another man, who had been walking near North Gayoso Street and Gentilly Boulevard near the Fair Grounds race track.
According to the NOPD, a stray bullet from that incident also grazed the thigh of a 1-year-old boy who was some distance away enjoying the mild night air with some adults.
The child and the wounded man, who appeared to be in his 20s, were taken to a local hospital, where the man underwent surgery. Both were in stable condition, Richardson said.
Another local man died Sunday from multiple gunshot wounds he had sustained on Feb. 27, the Orleans Parish coroner's office said. Aaron Allen, 43, was shot on Feb. 27 about 7:30 a.m. at Hollygrove and Oleander streets in the Hollygrove neighborhood, chief coroner's investigator John Gagliano said. Autopsy results were not yet available.