New Orleans area police and fire briefs for May 7, 2013

Biker falls to death from I-10 overpass

A motorcyclist died early Monday after he fell off of an interstate overpass and landed on the ground below, authorities said.

About 1:45 a.m., Broderick McCaskill, 30, was riding his motorcycle on the Broad Street overpass when he struck a guardrail, was tossed off of his bike and fell onto the westbound lanes of Interstate 10 below, authorities said.

Paramedics rushed McCaskill to Interim LSU Public Hospital, where he later died, said Officer Frank Robertson, a New Orleans Police Department spokesman.

An autopsy was set be performed Monday to determine McCaskill’s cause of death, said John Gagliano, the Orleans Parish coroner’s chief investigator. Toxicology tests are pending.

Police ID Conti St. shooting victim

A man who was fatally shot Saturday morning in the 6th Ward has been identified as Kenneth Wilson.

Someone opened fire on Wilson, 27, about 11:50 a.m. in the 1800 block of Conti Street, said John Gagliano, the Orleans Parish coroner’s chief investigator.

Police responded to the scene after neighbors reported hearing gunfire in the neighborhood. Paramedics found Wilson on the sidewalk and pronounced him dead.

Police have not identified a motive in Wilson’s death.

Homicide Detective Nicholas Williams is leading the investigation.

Algiers motorcycle fatality victim ID’d

The Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office has identified a man who died Friday night after his motorcycle struck a car on an Algiers street.

Kenneth Jones, 35, of New Orleans, was westbound on his motorcycle on Gen. Meyer Avenue at about 8:30 p.m. when he collided with the driver of a Chevrolet HHR who was headed in the opposite direction and preparing to make a turn on to Odeon Avenue, authorities said.

Jones was thrown from his motorcycle and died on the scene, said officer Frank Robertson, a New Orleans Police Department spokesman. The driver of the Chevrolet was not injured, Robertson said.

An autopsy found Jones died from internal injuries, said John Gagliano, the coroner’s chief investigator. Toxicology tests are pending.

Police seek alleged gunman in Algiers

Police are searching for a man who allegedly shot a man and his mother inside of their Algiers home late Friday night.

Police issued an arrest warrant for Lawrence Bell in connection with the shooting, according to a daily police log.

An officer on patrol heard a man scream for help about 11:15 p.m. in the 3000 block of Wall Boulevard, according to the police log.

The officer found a man who had been shot and who said his mother had been shot inside of their home, according to the police log.

The officer saw the alleged gunman run back inside of the home, where he escaped through the back door.

The male victim was shot in the stomach, while his mother was shot in the stomach and left arm.

Both victims were in critical condition at a local hospital, according to the police log.

Police probe Holly Grove shooting

A man was shot Saturday night in Holly Grove, police said.

The victim, whose age was not provided, was struck several times about 9:10 p.m. while in the 2900 block of Cambronne Street, according to a police log.

Police did not provide any information on the man’s condition.

Woman booked with attempted murder

A 26-year-old local woman was booked with attempted murder by New Orleans police for allegedly running over her boyfriend with a car last month.

Sandricka Clark was booked in connection with injuring her 29-year-old boyfriend on April 27. According to court records, Clark struck her boyfriend with a car near the intersection of North Claiborne Avenue and Tricou Street on April 27.

Police say Clark hit him with the car after the man left their home in the 1500 block of Maurice Street following an argument. The victim was thrown into the air and sustained several skull fractures.

Man arrested in shooting of bouncer

A man desperate to see his stripper girlfriend shot the bouncer at the club where she worked, according to New Orleans police.

David Norwood was booked with aggravated battery in connection with the shooting at Passions Gentleman’s Club on April 26, according to court records. Norwood became angry with the bouncer because he wanted to get into a “private room,” where his girlfriend was giving a lap dance. When the bouncer refused entry, Norwood pulled out a gun and shot the man twice before fleeing in his girlfriend’s vehicle, the records state.

Another arrest made in death of student

A 20-year-old New Orleans man has been booked with attempted murder in connection with the fatal shooting of a Xavier University student in March.

Alex Lewis was booked with second-degree murder this weekend, according to Magistrate Court records. Lewis is accused of participating in the shooting of Bertrand Dezara III at an eastern New Orleans apartment complex. Police have already arrested two other men in connection with the incident.

Man charged with accosting children

A 50-year-old man already in custody for one burglary was accused of another on Sunday, and in the new accusation authorities say he accosted three children after breaking into their home.

Richard Freeman was already in custody at the Jefferson Parish Correctional, but he was rebooked with simple burglary. According to an arrest record, on April 19 Freeman broke into a home on 15th Street in Harvey while a 13-year-old boy and two younger sisters were home. Freeman broke a window and let himself into the home and only left after the boy confronted him, the report states. No one was injured in the incident.

Shooting suspect arrested on Sunday

A Kenner man was booked with seven counts of aggravated assault after the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said he shot at several men in Metairie.

Kevin Johnson, 23, also was booked with illegal use of a weapon and aggravated criminal damage to property. According to an arrest report, Johnson is accused of walking up to several men as they stood in the 1300 block of South Meadow Street and opening fire on the group. No one was injured in the incident.

Compiled by

the New Orleans bureau