Man dies after being shot in River Garden
A man who was shot Thursday evening in New Orleans died a short time later at the hospital, police said.
Leonard Preston, 26, of New Orleans, was shot about 6:45 p.m. near Josephine and Rousseau streets in the River Garden neighborhood, authorities said. He died about 9:30 p.m. at Interim LSU Public Hospital from a gunshot wound to his chest, said John Gagliano, the Orleans Parish coroner’s chief investigator.
Witnesses told police that Preston was standing in front of a home when two men rode up on what might be a four-wheeler and fired several shots at him, said officer Frank Robertson, a Police Department spokesman.
Derrick Shy, who lives in the neighborhood, said his daughter told him she heard about 20 shots.
Police on Friday were still looking for the gunmen. They released no information on a possible motive.
Those who knew Preston described him as a simple, quiet man.
The only child of two parents who died years ago, he mostly lived his life in the 500 block of Josephine Street, often venturing to the Wal-Mart across the street from his apartment.
He recently underwent brain surgery and had a learning disability; he was doing nothing when he was shot except listening to music through his headphones, said Roxanne Bingham, a friend.
“That’s a good person. I cried,” Shy said. “I just really hope they find who did it.”
Two plead guilty to Marigny bottle beating
Two teenagers pleaded guilty Friday to beating a 40-year-old man with a wine bottle so mercilessly that he needed reconstructive surgery on his face.
Brian Ellis, 16, and Freddie Carter, 15, both accepted five years in prison.
They had been charged as adults with attempted murder, facing up to 50 years in prison. In exchange for their pleas, prosecutors reduced the charge to aggravated battery.
Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Judge Keva Landrum-Johnson recommended that the teens serve their sentences at the Youthful Offender Program at Dixon Correctional Institute in Jackson.
The pair was caught by a surveillance camera, along with a third still-unknown teen, bludgeoning and kicking the stranger in the Marigny in March. They did not rob him.
M an’s body found behind Violet building
A man’s body was found Friday morning behind a Violet building, but the cause of death remained unknown later in the day after an autopsy found no signs of foul play, the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office said.
Someone dumped the body of Tagh Moore, 33, in a grassy area behind a former church in the 6300 block of East St. Bernard Highway.
The sheriff’s office said it received reports that one or more people dumped a body in the bushes near the Violet Canal about 3 a.m.
Toxicology tests could provide more clues about how Moore died, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Detectives searched a nearby abandoned house where Moore reportedly was seen Thursday night.
Two suspects booked in year-old burglary
Two suspects accused of a business burglary last year in Venice were arrested after DNA evidence connected them to the crime, the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office said.
Deavin Williams Britton, 35, of Gretna, and Ricky Paul Fish, 41, of Marrero, were each booked with simple burglary in connection with the June 20, 2012, burglary at the business in the 42500 block of La. 23 in Venice.
Deputies found that the burglars got into the business by unlocking a combination lock. There was no forced entry, said sheriff’s office spokesman Commander Eric Becnel.
After the burglars got inside they used bolt cutters to open a chain link fence to remove property, including motors, a pressure washer and tools valued at $15,000.
Investigators recovered evidence, including DNA, that led them to Britton, who had since been arrested in the parish. He confessed to detectives that he entered the business without permission and took the items.
He identified Fish as his accomplice. Fish told investigators he worked at the business until two months after the burglary and denied any involvement.
Britton has been arrested 56 times since 1997 and was on probation when he was picked up. He has been convicted of unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling, a crime for which he is on probation until October 2014, Becnel said.
Fish was arrested in Jefferson Parish in 2001 for burglary and possession of stolen property. He pleaded guilty to illegal possession of stolen things valued at more than $300 and was placed on probation for two years.
Britton remained jailed Friday. His bail is set at $50,000. Fish posted $30,000 bail.
Anyone who can provide more information about this crime is asked to contact Detective Holly Hardin at (504) 392-1652.