by Allen Powell II
New Orleans bureau
March 15, 2013
Marrero — Local law enforcement agencies were busy this weekend as six homicides were reported on both sides of the river, along with several other non-fatal violent incidents.
New Orleans police handled three homicides in three incidents, while the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office dealt with two killings as part of a triple shooting and another fatal shooting at a bar. St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies shot an Iraqi war veteran during a domestic disturbance on Friday, and the man died on Saturday.
The triple shooting in Jefferson and the police-involved shooting in St. Tammany Parish dominated the headlines. Jefferson Parish deputies were called out the 2100 block of Caddy Drive in Marrero on Saturday night after receiving reports of gunshots in the area. Deputies found two men with gunshot wounds sitting in a vehicle and a third victim lying in the front yard of a nearby home. Glen Boyd, a sheriff’s spokesman, said two of the men, Terrance Brown, 23, and Dwight Hansberry, 24, died at the scene. The third victim was taken to a hospital in critical condition. Boyd said no motive or suspects have been developed in the shooting. Authorities aren’t sure if the shooters walked up to the vehicle and opened fire or drove by, but numerous .45-caliber shell casings were found the scene.
Also on Saturday morning, authorities say Joshua Nix, 29, was shot multiple times at a bar on the West Bank Expressway. Nix was found with gunshot wounds around 3 a.m. in the parking lot of a business in the 6000 block of the West Bank Expressway. He died Saturday night from his wounds.
In St. Tammany Parish, deputies shot Jason Glover, 32, of Abita Springs, after authorities say he pointed a gun at a deputy responding to domestic disturbance at his home. Authorities say that Glover’s girlfriend reported around 11 p.m. Friday that he was armed and threatening to kill her. When deputies arrived, they found Glover in his vehicle, but when he exited the car he pointed the gun at a deputy. He was shot twice.
In New Orleans, the violence began Friday with a woman shot in the leg on Magazine Street, and the 43-year-old man killed on Frenchmen Street. Police say that man, Dana Hicks, was found with multiple gunshot wounds to his body sitting in his car in the 3600 block of Frenchmen Street. Hicks would later die at a hospital, and police have not released a motive or suspect in the shooting.
The violence continued Saturday with a man killed in eastern New Orleans and another victim shot in the 1700 block of Tennessee Street. In the fatal shooting, police say an unidentified man was found dead in the 5100 block of Bundy Road. Police were called out to an apartment complex around 3 p.m. and found the victim dead in a courtyard from multiple gunshot wounds. His identity had not been released by Monday afternoon.
The final fatal shooting was reported Sunday around 6 p.m. in the 500 block of South Solomon Street in Mid-City. Police say that Karen Thomas, 47, was shot while riding in a vehicle with a 31-year-old man who also was injured. Thomas was struck in the chest while the man was wounded in the wrist.
Police say the driver of the car, who was not injured, drove the two victims to the hospital where Thomas later died. No motive or suspects have been released in the incident.
Also on Sunday, police say a 14-year-old boy was shot in Algiers while outside with his friends. That incident was reported around 7:48 p.m. in the 300 block of LeBouef Street. The victim told police he was outside with friends when gunshots came from an unknown source. Police say the boy was wounded in the hand.
Police also investigated various robberies, stabbings and other violence over the weekend.