Woman killed on Treme corner, and other police and fire briefs

Woman, 25, killed on Treme street corner

New Orleans police are investigating the murder of a 25-year-old woman shot dead in the streets of Treme early Tuesday.

Police said witnesses reported hearing the woman, identified as Ashley Qualls, arguing with three men on bicycles about 12:30 a.m. at the corner of Esplanade Avenue and North Roman Street. The argument was followed by the sound of gunfire, Officer Frank Robertson, a Police Department spokesman, said.

A witness found Qualls lying on her back, unresponsive, on the neutral ground and called police.

She was shot three times and died at the scene, John Gagliano, the Orleans Parish coroner’s chief investigator, said.

Witnesses said the gunmen fled on bicycles. No detailed descriptions of the men were immediately available.

Homicide Detective Gregory Johnson is in charge of the investigation.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111 or (877) 903-7867.

Funeral services set for N.O. firefighters

A funeral service has been set for two New Orleans firefighters who died earlier this week in a vehicle crash in Mississippi.

The service for Tommy Ashby and Scott Blanchard will be at 2 p.m. Friday at St. Bernard Memorial Funeral Home, 701 W. Virtue St., Chalmette. Public visitation will begin at 9 a.m.

Ashby, 28, was a six-year Fire Department veteran; Blanchard, 27, had been a firefighter for three years. The two died Sunday morning from injuries they suffered in a single-vehicle accident in Long Beach, Miss.

Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove said Ashby was driving a pickup truck that was headed west on U.S. 90 when he ran off the road at a high rate of speed and hit a tree about 1:45 a.m.

Neither men wore seat belts, and two other passengers were hospitalized.

Memorial accounts have been set up to assist the families of both firefighters. Donations to the Firefighter Scott P. Blanchard Foundation and the Firefighter Tommy Ashby Foundation can be made at any Chase Bank branch.

N.O. police probe separate shootings

New Orleans police on Monday afternoon and evening were investigating separate shootings that injured two men.

In the first shooting, the 28-year-old victim was sitting inside a car in the 4600 block of Mendez Street in Pontchartrain Park about 4:50 p.m. when a car pulled up next to him. At least one of the people inside of the car opened fire on the victim, hitting him several times.

The victim’s injuries were not life-threatening, police said.

About an hour later, a 20-year-old man was shot in New Orleans East.

At 5:39 p.m., the victim was in the 4800 block of Lurline Street when an unknown man walked up to him and began to shoot.

Someone drove the victim to a local hospital. Police did not provide any information on his condition.

Police did not release any information about the gunmen in either case.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Reward increased
in case of shot dogs

Authorities have increased to $1,000 the award for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case of two pit bulls found shot and discarded in Washington Parish.

The two dogs were discovered Sunday night dumped near the intersection of Pico Road and Highway 25, police said.

Though the dogs had been shot, they were not dead, and they were suffering until they were euthanized by Washington Parish Sheriff’s deputies.

The place where the dogs were found is a common dumping ground for unwanted animals, police said.

Anyone with any information on the shooting is asked to call the Humane Society of Louisiana at (888) 6 HUMANE or the Tangi Humane Society at (985) 351-0181.

Compiled by

the New Orleans bureau