Two shot in 8th Ward; man electrocuted while collecting scrap metal; and other police news

Two men shot, one killed, in overnight 8th Ward shooting

One man was killed and another injured when a gunman opened fire on the 1900 block of Painters Street around 3:30 a.m. Thursday.

The name of the man who died is being withheld by police pending notification of his family, the New Orleans Police Department said.

Witnesses reportedly told police that a gunman ran up and opened fire on the victim. The man collapsed in the middle of the street and died. Another man was hit in the leg in the crossfire and drove himself to a hospital. He is listed in stable condition.

The gunman fled on foot.

The NOPD is investigating the shooting and asks anyone with information to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Man shocked to death while collecting scrap metal at abandoned store

A 47-year-old New Orleans man was electrocuted Thursday morning when he touched a live power box behind an abandoned grocery store.

He and another man were collecting scrap metal in the back of the old Schwegmann grocery store in the 6000 block of Bullard Avenue in New Orleans East, according to a police log. The building had been abandoned since Hurricane Katrina, so the men figured the power box had no electricity.

He touched the box, and was shocked.

His friend drove him to his mother’s house and called 911. He was taken to the hospital, where he later died.

St. Bernard woman to be extradited to Oklahoma to face charges as accessory to a double murder

A woman hiding out in St. Bernard Parish is accused of helping a man elude capture after he stabbed two people to death during an Oklahoma drug deal seven years ago.

Jacqueline Octavia Smith, 36, was arrested Tuesday by the United States Marshals at her home in Violet, according to the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office. She declined on Wednesday to fight extradition, agreeing to return home to stand trial as an accessory to first-degree murder.

Smith’s husband, Hilliard A. Fulgham II, 44, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder for the January 2006 double slaying of Linda Louise Wright, 45, and Dorothy Lindley, 60, who were both stabbed to death in a Tulsa apartment.

The murders had been considered a cold case in Tulsa.

But blood evidence was collected at the scene, according to a report in the Tulsa World. It eventually matched DNA collected from Fulgham when he was convicted on a burglary charge in Mississippi in 2007. He is currently in jail there, also awaiting extradition back to Oklahoma.

The couple had lived near the apartment where the two people were killed, the Oklahoma newspaper reported.

Smith allegedly told investigators that Fulgham left their apartment that night to buy methamphetamine, the newspaper reported. He returned with cocaine instead. She sent him back out for a refund, and he returned covered in blood, she reportedly told investigators. She allegedly bandaged a wound on his finger and helped him get rid of the knife and clothes he was wearing. The bodies were found two days later.

She bought Fulgham a bus ticket and moved to Louisiana, she allegedly said.

Smith remains at the St. Bernard Parish Prison awaiting transfer to Tulsa.

Motorcyclist killed near Slidell

A 27-year-old Slidell man was killed in a two-vehicle accident on Fremaux Avenue Wednesday evening when he was ejected from his motorcycle after attempting to avoid a car making a left turn that failed to yield, according to Louisiana State Police Troop L.

Troopers said Kiel T. Rasmussen, the motorcyclist, was traveling eastbound on Fremaux east of Interstate 10 at a high speed when 26-year-old Juan C. Martinez, also of Slidell, attempted to turn left onto Fremaux from Brooker Road and did not yield.

Rasmussen laid his 2011 Honda down on its side in an attempt to avoid striking Martinez’s car, police said, but was unable to do so. He was ejected from the motorcycle and hit the driver’s side of Martinez’s 2004 Hyundai Tiburon.

Rasmussen was wearing a helmet.

Troopers do not suspect impairment to have been a factor in this crash on the part of either driver, but routine toxicology samples were obtained from both drivers. Excessive speed on the part of Rasmussen is considered to be a factor, State Police said.

Martinez was placed under arrest booked into the St. Tammany Parish jail for failure to yield from a stop sign resulting in a death and no driver’s license.

Woman robbed in her Central City home

A 25-year-old woman answered a knock at her door in the 2800 block of South Robertson Street late Wednesday and a strange man forced his way inside. He robbed her and fled.