No arrests made in any of the incidents around New Orleans metro area
A 19-year-old man was shot to death inside a car in the Bayou St. John neighborhood early Monday, and another person was killed in New Orleans East a little after sunset — the third and fourth fatal shootings in New Orleans in four days.
The deaths of Tyrin Whitfield and the unidentified man in the East capped a bloody weekend in which a half-dozen other people in New Orleans were wounded by gunfire but survived.
Late Friday night, a Gretna man was mortally wounded in Algiers. Someone shot Jared Hester, 19, about 11 p.m. in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 1500 block of Southlawn Boulevard, said John Gagliano, the Orleans Parish coroner’s chief investigator.
Police were called to the area after a report of shots fired and found Hester shot multiple times. Paramedics pronounced him dead on the scene.
Detectives said after the shooting that they were questioning two people, but no arrests have been announced.
A 63-year-old man was wounded about 3:20 a.m. Saturday when someone shot him in the 2400 block of St. Louis Street.
The victim and another man were arguing when the gunman shot the victim in the left leg.
About 1:35 a.m. Sunday, a 38-year-old man was standing in the doorway of a home in the 3300 block of Morrice Duncan Drive when someone shot him in the right thigh.
At about 10:30 a.m. Sunday, a 44-year-old woman was killed and her 4-year-old grandson wounded when someone opened fire inside their New Orleans East home.
A relative in the home in the 13000 block of Maple Wood Drive awoke after the shooting and found the two had been shot, according to police.
Helene Jackson-Smith died at the scene. Her grandson had a graze wound to his head, police said.
Police declined to say if there were any signs of forced entry to the home.
Just before 4:40 p.m. Sunday, police were called to a business in the 7200 block of Chef Menteur Highway after an employee thought she heard firecrackers outside but instead discovered a man suffering from a gunshot wound.
Police said the victim was shot in the neck but walked away from the scene.
The violence continued when two teens were shot a little before 6:40 p.m. Sunday in the 2700 block of Jackson Avenue. The teens were in an argument with a woman known as “Quan,” who opened fire on them as they ran away, police said.
The victims, ages 18 and 15, were both shot in the hip. Their injuries were not serious.
About an hour later, a 16-year-old was shot in the face one time near the corner of Orleans Avenue and North Lopez Street.
The youth was standing near the corner when he saw three men and then heard three shots, police said.
The youth was coherent as paramedics took him to a hospital, said officer Hilal Williams, a Police Department spokeswoman.
No information on the youth’s condition was available on Monday.
Police were back in the neighborhood early Monday morning. Officers responding to a report of a man shot in the 800 block of North Dupre Street about 8:10 a.m. found Whitfield inside a car. He had been shot several times and died on the scene.
Police have not said if they believe Whitfield’s slaying and the shooting of the teen are related.
The latest death happened a little after 7 p.m. Monday in the 4700 block of Stemway Drive in New Orleans East. One person was killed in that incident, police said.
No other details were immediately available.
Anyone with information on any of these shootings is asked to contact Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111 or (877) 903-7867.