N.O. police respond  to 2 fatal shootings

A burst of gun violence in the city during the weekend brought to an end a nearly two-week period in which police did not respond to a homicide.

Two men were killed during separate incidents Sunday, while at least five men suffered nonfatal injuries since Friday. One victim was injured when a gunman burst into a Bourbon Street strip club at dawn Monday and opened fire.

The gun violence came on the heels of third-quarter crime statistics the New Orleans Police Department released late last week that touted fewer rapes, burglaries and auto thefts but recorded increases in murder and assault when compared to the same quarter last year and in year-to-date figures.

New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas was not available for comment Monday.

The weekend’s homicides happened within about two hours of each other on both sides of the river.

Raymond Cobbins, 30, of New Orleans, was found gunned down behind the London Lodge Motel in the 9300 block of Airline Highway about 5:40 p.m., said officer Frank Robertson, a Police Department spokesman. Paramedics pronounced Cobbins dead on the scene from gunshot wounds to his neck, head and shoulders, said John Gagliano, the Orleans Parish coroner’s chief investigator.

Police in Algiers responded to what would become the next homicide.

Jared Adams was standing in the 500 block of Socrates Street when someone shot him in the pelvic region about 7:45 p.m., said Officer Garry Flot, a Police Department spokesman.

Doctors treated Adams at Interim LSU Public Hospital, but the 34-year-old New Orleans man died at 2:50 a.m. Monday, Gagliano said.

The flurry of shootings began with three incidents Friday afternoon.

A 21-year-old man told police he was in the 1400 block of Independence Street in St. Claude when someone walked toward him and asked if he had any marijuana. The victim said he did not, and the gunman walked away but then turned around and shot. The victim was hit twice in the back. He was in stable condition at a local hospital, police said.

About 3:30 p.m., a man was approached at Charbonnet and North Rampart streets in the Lower 9th Ward by a gunman who demanded his money. When the victim tried to run, he heard five gunshots and was struck in the leg.

Police responded to the next shooting at 9:30 p.m. Witnesses told police that the victim was in the 2000 block of Sixth Street in Central City when someone shot him several times. Police could not provide information on his condition.

The fourth nonfatal shooting was reported late Saturday.

The victim was near the corner of Hendee and Lawrence streets about 11:50 p.m. when he heard shots and saw several people run. He fell to the ground, police said, and realized he was shot in the chest and abdomen. Paramedics brought him to Interim LSU Public Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition.

The weekend’s last shooting was reported at dawn Monday.

Police said the victim let his last employee out of Little Darlings strip club, 411 Bourbon St., about 5:20 a.m. at which point he locked the door and went into his office to count money and heard three gunshots.

A man kicked in the office door and shot the victim in the leg and hit him in the back of the head with an unknown object and ransacked the office, police said. The victim later woke up and found all of the cash missing.

The robber, who fled down Bourbon Street to St. Louis Street toward the river, is described as a man about 5 foot 10 inches to 6 feet tall with a medium build. He wore a mask, dark baseball cap, black jacket, blue jeans and dark shoes.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact detective Michael Flores at (504) 658-6707 or 8th District detectives at (504) 658-6080.