New Orleans Police and Fire Briefs for Jan. 7, 2013

Police searching
for shooter in death

New Orleans police are searching for the person who shot and killed a 25-year-old man in Gert Town early Sunday.

Officers found the victim, who was not identified, about 1 a.m. in the 3400 block of Audubon Court, according to a Police Department news release. He was lying in the street and had been shot multiple times. He was pronounced dead at the scene, the release says.

The New Orleans Police Department asks anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at (504) 822-1111, toll free at (800) 903-7867 or the Homicide Unit at (504) 658-5300.

Police: Woman, 83, raped; suspect caught

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating the rape of an 83-year-old victim in Marrero on Sunday afternoon.

Few details were released on the incident, which was reported shortly before 5 p.m. An alert from the Sheriff’s Office said that an aggravated burglary and aggravated rape were reported in the 400 block of Avenue L in Marrero, and a suspect had been arrested. The victim was injured in the incident, but those injuries have not been deemed life-threatening.

Aggravated burglaries are any burglaries where violence is involved, and rapes can be deemed aggravated based on the age of the victim.

Hotel on St. Charles evacuates for fire

First responders evacuated Hotel Inter-Continental on Saturday night after smoke was seen rising from the hotel’s fourth-floor laundry room, a New Orleans Fire Department spokesman said.

Firefighters arrived at 6:24 p.m. the hotel, 444 St. Charles Ave., and sounded the second of what would be four alarms, spokesman Capt. Edwin Holmes Jr. said in a new release.

The third and fourth alarms were mainly for firefighters to go door-to-door to make sure the nearly 650 guests were evacuated to the second-floor ballroom in the Hilton Hotel across the street, the release says.

The hotel’s sprinkler system helped contain the fire until firefighters extinguished it at 7:33 p.m., the release says. The third and fourth floors received significant water damage and smoke permeated in the floors above the fourth floor, the release says. Firefighters reported no injuries and one hotel guest complained of difficulty breathing, but refused medical assistance, the release says. The cause is still under investigation, the release says.

Compiled by
the New Orleans bureau