In the city’s second double murder in less than 36 hours, a woman and her adult daughter were killed early Monday morning at a New Orleans East apartment complex.
The older woman died after someone fired multiple bullets into her head. Her daughter was killed when someone shot her, then repeatedly plunged a knife into her body, authorities said.
Two men were shot to death Saturday night in the 2700 block of Amelia Street in Central City, and police said Monday they were looking for a person of interest in that incident.
The latest killings brought the city’s 2013 homicide count to 152, the New Orleans Police Department said.
Police discovered the bodies of the two women after they were called to the Wind Run apartments in the 12100 block of the North Interstate 10 Service Road about 3:15 a.m.
They found Ryesha Arbuthnot, 20, on the ground of the parking lot outside her apartment. She had been shot twice and stabbed multiple times, said John Gagliano, the Orleans Parish coroner’s chief investigator. Her mother, Lisa Arbuthnot, 45, was shot multiple times in the head, Gagliano said.
Lisa Arbuthnot’s wounds were apparently so severe that police initially said only that she died from unknown head trauma. An autopsy discovered the gunshot wounds that killed her.
An autopsy also discovered Ryesha Arbuthnot’s gunshot wounds. Gagliano declined to say where she was shot, citing the ongoing investigation.
According to a police log, neighbors reported hearing gunshots fired inside the apartment.
Christopher Hamilton, who lives across the street from the Arbuthnots, said he left his apartment a little after 3 a.m. to go to a convenience store and found Ryesha Arbuthnot on the ground when he returned about 4 a.m. He ran to a neighbor’s unit and banged on the door, shouting for someone to call 911. Arbuthnot, who lay in a pool of blood, was not moving by that point, Hamilton said.
Thaddeus Temple, another neighbor, said he heard four gunshots but did not see anything out of the ordinary when he peeked out his window.
Others said they saw a man leaving the scene after the killings.
“It was someone in all black,” a neighbor who wished to remain anonymous told WWL-TV. “You really couldn’t see who it was because the driveway was real dark at night.”
Neither Temple nor Hamilton said they knew the women beyond a quick and casual hello. The two mostly kept to themselves, the men said.
Police had not immediately identified a suspect, but detectives do not believe the killings were random, said officer Garry Flot, a police department spokesman. He declined to say if investigators had identified a motive by Monday afternoon.
Homicide detective Wayne DeLarge is in charge of the investigation.
Monday’s double murder was the second in less than three days.
About 7:45 p.m. Saturday, police were called to the 2700 block of Amelia Street in Central City, where they found 22-year-old Stephan Raymond on the porch of a home and 23-year-old Johnathan Sam inside.
Sam died on the scene. Raymond died a short time later at the hospital. Both had been shot.
Police on Monday said they were searching for Kathryn Hunter, 36, as a person of interest in the two men’s slayings.
Hunter is not a suspect, said officer Frank Robertson, but someone who might have information about the incident.
Anyone with information on Hunter’s whereabouts is asked to contact Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.