Five men killed, toddler wounded in Saturday shootings

Toddler, 2, in crossfire  in critical condition

A spate of shootings Saturday night and early Sunday left five men dead, one injured and a 2-year-old in critical condition after he was caught in the crossfire of a gunfight, according to New Orleans and Jefferson Parish authorities.

The violence began about 5 p.m when, New Orleans police spokeswoman Hilal. B. Williams said, a 21-year-old man — later identified by the Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office as Dan Jyles — was fatally shot in the chest while he was in his vehicle in the 1400 block of Saint Anthony Street. Catina Jyles, the victim’s aunt, said her nephew was a disc jockey who performed under the stage name “DJ St. Bernard.”

“He released a CD yesterday,” she said.

Catina Jyles said that Dan Jyles’ mother was deceased and that both his stepbrother and stepfather were killed in a March shooting at Audubon Court and Edinburgh Street in Gert Town.

A second shooting occurred about 11 p.m. at Second and South Roman streets.

When New Orleans police arrived, they found 35-year-old Stephon McGee lying in the road with multiple gunshot wounds. Police found narcotics in McGee’s possession, Williams said.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

About midnight, police were called to the 3000 block of Baronne Street where two men had been shot.

Reynaud Coleman, 42, was pronounced dead while a 37-year-old man was taken to a hospital with a gunshot wound in his hip.

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office reported three shooting incidents, the first of which sent a 2-year-old boy to the hospital after he was shot in the 2800 block of Mount Kennedy Drive in Marrero about 10 p.m.

Sheriff’s Office spokesman Glen Boyd said the child was getting out of a car with his mother when he was shot during a raging gun battle that involved at least three types of weapons, one of which was an AK-47.

Just before 2 a.m, detectives found Amilcer Wuilfredo Lopez Rodas dead on the street in the 500 block of Commerce Street, Boyd said. A witness reported hearing five shots.

Sheriff’s deputies also responded to a fatal shooting about 4:30 a.m. at a bar in the 2000 block of Manhattan Boulevard. The victim, Ricardo Sosa, was involved in an argument inside Pandora’s Place.

He was shot three times outside of the bar, according to Boyd. Sosa was taken to University Hospital where he died from his injuries.