Third suspect booked in double shooting
The third man suspected of opening fire on a woman and her young child last week on Airline Highway has been arrested.
On Saturday, police booked Kendal Marcelin, 20, with two counts of attempted first-degree murder and aggravated assault with a firearm, according to Orleans Parish Criminal Court records.
A magistrate commissioner set his bond at $1.2 million.
Cornell Williams, 19, and Shannon Cooks, 18, were arrested earlier in connection with the shooting.
Williams was booked with two counts of attempted second-degree murder and one count of aggravated assault with a firearm, according to court records.
Cooks was booked with two counts of attempted second-degree murder, simple robbery and aggravated assault with a firearm.
Cooks’ robbery charge stemmed from an incident on July 1 in which he allegedly stole a cellphone from a woman near Pritchard Place and Monroe Street, according to court documents.
The three are accused of shooting a 7-year-old girl and her 31-year-old mother as they walked in Hollygrove on Wednesday.
The shooting happened about 4 p.m. in rush-hour traffic on Airline Highway.
The victims were walking on Palmetto Street with a man when three gunmen walked up and began to shoot, police said.
Police said they believe the man with the victims was the intended target.
That man, who has not been identified, was not injured.
The 7-year-old girl was struck once in the cheek, police said. Her mother was shot in the stomach and both legs. None of the injuries were serious, police said.
Marcelin was arrested in April 2012 for the murder of 15-year-old Noland Stansberry in Algiers.
He was in jail for possessing marijuana with intent to distribute when police connected him to Stansberry’s slaying.
Woman killed walking on St. Bernard Highway
A St. Bernard Parish woman died Sunday night when a vehicle hit her as she walked on St. Bernard Highway, State Police said.
The accident happened about 8:20 p.m. near Colonial Boulevard, said Trooper Melissa Matey, spokeswoman for State Police Troop B.
Candas Richard, 22, who was wearing dark clothing, was walking in the middle of the westbound lane on East St. Bernard Highway when a Nissan Maxima, driven by Anna Berthelotte, 38, hit her from behind, Matey said.
Berthelotte pulled her car to the shoulder of the road and began to wave traffic around Richard, Matey said. However, a dump truck, driven by Robert Starks, 63, of New Orleans, hit Richard again.
Richard died on the scene, Matey said.
Investigators do not believe speed or impairment were factors in the accident but have taken blood samples from Berthelotte and Starks.
State law requires pedestrians to use sidewalks where they exist or to walk along the left shoulder as far away from traffic as possible when sidewalks are not available.
Pedestrians should walk against the flow of traffic, wear light-colored clothing and stay out of travel lanes, Matey said.
St. Rose man booked with attempted murder
St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a suspect Saturday in an attempted murder a day earlier.
Earl Brown, 21, of St. Rose, was booked with attempted first-degree murder, according to the office.
Brown was in an argument with 24-year-old Killona Man when Brown allegedly fired several shots at Man.
No one was injured, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Covington mom booked with desertion
A Covington woman was arrested Saturday for leaving her young children alone at home while she went out for two hours Friday night, according to police.
Christian Himes, 27, was arrested when she returned home about 12:30 a.m. Saturday, Covington police Capt. Jack West said.
Around 11:30 Friday night, police were called to Himes’ Green Ash Alley home by the grandmother of Himes’ 4-year-old daughter and 5-month-old son. She said she came to pick up the daughter and found the two children alone.
Himes returned to the house about an hour later and told officers she had left the two children alone. She was arrested and booked on two counts of child desertion.
The children were left in the care of their maternal grandmother, West said.
Gretna man killed in Algiers is identified
A Gretna man shot to death late Friday in Algiers has been identified as Jared Hester.
Hester, 19, was shot 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 they have not announced any arrests.
Homicide Detective Maggie Darling is in charge of the investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.