Man booked in homicide

Warren Pryor
Warren Pryor

A New Orleans man who turned himself in on Tuesday after being suspected in the city’s third homicide, is also a “person of interest” in a Slidell homicide from Monday night.

Michael Smith, 20, surrendered to police on Tuesday just a few hours after they identified him as a suspect in the fatal shooting of Joshua Walker, 25, in the 3400 block of Audubon Court on Sunday morning. Smith was questioned by detectives throughout the day, but no other information was available immediately. He is expected to be booked with second-degree murder.

Police said Walker was found lying in the middle of the street shortly after 1 a.m. The area where he was found is littered with numerous vacant lots, and abuts a vacant school. It also has persistent foot traffic.

Police have not released a motive for the shooting but said Smith was identified as a suspect through numerous interviews. Attempts to reach Walker’s family have been unsuccessful.

However, when New Orleans police were searching for Smith, they claimed he might be hiding out in Slidell. Coincidentally, Slidell police have now identified him as a “person of interest” in the fatal shooting of 21-year-old man in a parking lot late Monday night.

Deputy Chief Kevin Foltz said that police found Warren Pryor’s body at 1431 Gause Blvd. at about 10:50 p.m. Initial reports indicate that Pryor was shot twice in the head and died at the scene.

Foltz said police are waiting to interview Smith, who he acknowledged has connections to the Slidell area.

He says that Pryor’s vehicle was found in New Orleans after it had been burned. Slidell police have not recovered the weapon used in the shooting and have not identified a motive.