Jefferson Parish homicides keep authorities busy on east, west banks

Trey Perrilloux
Trey Perrilloux

Authorities on both sides of Jefferson Parish were probing unrelated homicides late Wednesday night and Thursday afternoon.

The first killing happened in Kenner.

Police were called to the Sugar Mill apartment complex in the 4500 block of Williams Boulevard about 10 p.m. Wednesday.

Officers found the body of Tajh Michael Thomas, 20, shot to death inside of an apartment, Kenner police Sgt. Brian McGregor said.

Thomas, who was from LaPlace, was staying at the Sugar Mill apartment with his cousin, Trey Perrilloux, 20.

Police tried to speak with Perrilloux once he returned to the apartment but he ran from them, McGregor said.

Once officers caught up with Perrilloux, McGregor said, they found him in possession of 133.3 grams of marijuana.

A search of the apartment turned up more of the drug, 25 grams of hash, two handguns and a shotgun.

Perrilloux was booked with illegal possession with the intent to distribute marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, McGregor said.

Meanwhile, Detective Charlotte Synigal continued to try to identify a suspect in Thomas’ death.

The shooting, McGregor said, appeared to be drug-related.

In an unrelated incident Thursday afternoon, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office was investigating a shooting death in Harvey.

Deputies were called to a shooting in the 2200 block of Alex Kornman Boulevard about 2:30 p.m., where they found a 25-year-old man on the ground in front of an apartment complex.

Authorities identified the victim late Tuesday as Donovan Johnson of New Orleans.

Paramedics took the victim to Interim LSU Public Hospital, where he died, said Col. John Fortunato, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman. Several neighbors said they recognized the victim but he did not live in the area.

Crime scene technicians located several spent 9 mm shell casings in the area where Johnson was found, Fortunato said.

One neighbor, who declined to give her name, said she heard the shots and saw from her window a black Chevrolet Impala speed away from the scene, leaving the victim on the ground next to a utility pole.

Investigators have not linked the fleeing car to the killing but are investigating any connection, Fortunato said.

The shooting, which happened in broad daylight on a busy road, was unnerving, the neighbor said as her children played on her porch.

“I have my little innocent people,” the woman said. “Just think, they could’ve been out here.

Anyone with information about the homicide is asked to call Detective Gabe Fauchetta at (504) 364-5300 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.