New Orleans — Another violent weekend in the New Orleans metropolitan area left three people dead and seven others wounded from shootings on both sides of the Mississippi River.
New Orleans police are investigating three separate homicides and five non-fatal shootings, while the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a non-fatal double shooting. No motives or suspects have been released by authorities in any of the incidents.
Police investigated two incidents on Christmas Eve, with a 20-year-old man being shot to death in the 2300 block of Dumaine Street on Monday afternoon, and another man being shot in the leg in the 2600 block of Louisiana Avenue. Police found the homicide victim lying on the front steps of a home, and neighbors said the gunshots sounded almost like fireworks.
The night before police were called out to the 1900 block of Tonti Street after receiving reports of gunshots around 10:40 p.m., said Officer Garry Flot, a police spokesman. Officers found Lawrence Bebose, 24, dead inside of Nissan Maxima with multiple gunshot wounds to the body.
Flot said that a 25-year-old victim was found a short distance away with a gunshot wound to face. That man apparently ran from the vehicle and was found by paramedics in the 2100 block of St. Anthony Street. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Homicide Detective Jeffrey Vappie is handling the investigation.
The other homicide was reported Saturday night in the Lower 9th Ward, Flot said. In that incident, officers again responded to reports of gunshots around 10:30 p.m. When they arrived in the 2000 block of Caffin Avenue, they found Travis Charles, 28, with multiple gunshot wounds to the body. The victim died on the scene. Detective Gregory Johnson is handling the investigation.
Katherine Charles said on Christmas Eve that she doesn’t know why her son was in the Lower 9th Ward, because he doesn’t have any relatives or friends in that area that she is aware of. Charles saw the victim earlier that night at his aunt’s wedding, and she said he was smiling and having a good time. She told him to go straight home to the Eastshore Subdivision with his family, but she said he stopped somewhere to have a drink.
She said she believes he was lured to Caffin Avenue by someone, and police told her he ran for his life before he was killed.
“I don’t know why they done what they done,” Charles said.
The victim had recently been released from prison, and his mother said he was still searching for work. She acknowledged that her son had a drug addiction that caused problems, but said she didn’t know of anyone seeking to hurt him.
Charles said her son was well-liked by everyone thanks to his sunny disposition. He loved dancing and going out. The victim leaves behind three children, and his mother says she can’t understand what he could have done to deserve death.
“Travis had a lot to live for ... I’m not saying my son was an angel, because he wasn’t,” said Charles, who said it’s particularly hard to lose a child at this time of year. “I’m coping with it.”
Also Sunday, New Orleans police investigated two non-fatal shootings, one in Algiers and one in Gentilly. First police were called out the 5900 block of Franklin Avenue around 6:34 p.m., police said. Officers found an unidentified man with gunshot wounds to the abdomen and legs.
About a half hour later, officers were called to the 3400 block of Garden Oaks Road in Algiers. Police said they found a man with a gunshot wound to the side and the leg.
In Jefferson Parish on Saturday, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office handled a double shooting in Marrero, although authorities say neither man received life-threatening wounds.
The incident initially was reported on Field Street, but authorities later determined the shooting happened in the 600 block of Freedom Court around 10:30 p.m. Two men of unknown ages received two gunshot wounds. No other information was released on the incident.
New Orleans police also investigated a shooting on the West Bank after finding a man shot multiple times in Algiers shortly before midnight. That incident was reported in the 1600 block of Elizardi Street. Finally, New Orleans police investigated a shooting in the 5300 block of Marais Street on Saturday evening that left a man wounded in the buttocks and arm.
Anyone with information on any of these incidents can contact Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111