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Crime Bits: June 20-23
Murder in the East, Streetcar Shooting
Seven people were shot in New Orleans over a 32-hour stretch that began just after midnight on Sunday (6-22), police said. The gush of gunfire claimed the life one of the victims, who was shot early Morning morning in eastern New Orleans.
The homicide happened about 4 a.m. in the 4400 block of Cessna St. A 45-year-old man was found lying in the driveway of a home, with multiple gunshot wounds, police said. His identity was not immediately released pending notification of his family.
The most recent spate of shootings began on St. Charles Ave. Just after midnight on Sunday, a man was shot to the hip near the corner of Erato St.
The 26-year-old man was struck by a stray bullet as he was getting off the streetcar, police said.
Less than 30 minutes later, two men, ages 23 and 26, were shot to the body in the 2200 block of Danneel St., police said. Detectives have yet to determine a motive in the shooting.
Just after 5 p.m. Sunday, a 19-year-old man was shot multiple times in Lakeview. A silver Hyundai spend into the 100 block of Porteous, and three men inside started shooting, police said. The car then sped away. The victim was listed in stable condition following the incident.
About 5:50 p.m., a man accidentally shot himself near the corner of Leonidas and Apple Sts. in Hollygrove. According to a police report, an 18-year-old man pulled out a gun when he thought he heard someone approaching. The man then stumbled, and the weapon accidentally fired. The man was struck in the forearm, and listed in stable condition after the incident.
Just after midnight Monday, police responded to a second Hollygrove shooting in the 8800 block of Olive St. A 46-year-old man was hit by a bullet after hearing gunshots, police said. He was wounded in the leg, and listed in stable condition.
The shootings compounded an already-bloody weekend. A man was killed Saturday night at a home in New Orleans East. Between Friday night and Saturday morning, three people were shot in two incidents in Treme and Central City.
French Quarter Robberies
Police also investigated a pair of French Quarter robberies over the weekend.
The first happened in the middle of Saturday afternoon. About 3:15 p.m., a 31-year-old man was approached by two armed men. The duo demanded money, and the man complied. The pair then fled the area, police said.
Another man was robbed just before 10 p.m. Sunday in the 800 block of Ursulines St. A 37-year-old man was approached by two men, one of whom was armed. The men demanded money, and the victim complied. The perps then fled toward Bourbon St.
Anyone with info on these crimes is asked to call Crimestoppers at 821-1111.
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