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- An unidentified (as of Jan 1) victim was found dead on the sidewalk in the 1800 block of North Villere Street at about 7 p.m. This was the first reported murder of 2012. A victim’s name will be added if it can be found.
- Percy Pruitt, 19, of New Orleans was found dead lying on the sidewalk with multiple gunshot wound in the 1800 block of Murl Street in Algiers on Jan. 3.
- Lamont Phillips, 34, of New Orleans died on Jan. 5 from a shooting that occurred on Jan. 4. Police found Phillips’ bullet-riddled body at 9:46 p.m. in the 2600 block of North Tonti Street.
- Michael Johnson, 21, died Jan. 9 of multiple gunshot wounds shortly after midnight in the 8500 block of Curran Road in eastern New Orleans.
- Eric Robinson, 41, of New Orleans was shot in the head before his body was doused in gasoline and set ablaze, NOLA.COM reported. Police discovered him at the edge of a lot at the corner of North Rocheblave and Independence streets after fire officials responded to a report of a car fire nearby in the 2100 block of Pauline St. Officials believe the car and murder are related.
- Ten other individuals were shot on Jan. 9, and in Jefferson Parish 11-year-old Keian Ester was happily playing his Xbox inside his godbrother’s apartment in Jefferson Parish Friday night when three bullets fired from the street ripped through the front wall. One took out his eye and exited the back of his head, said his mother, Tameka Johnson-Ester. Keian never regained consciousness.
- 41-year-old Joseph Evans and 17-year-old Joseph Elliott were shot multiple times inside their residence in the 2800 block of St. Louis Street around midnight on Jan. 9.
- Lamar Ellis, 21, of New Orleans died of multiple gunshot wounds to the body about 1:40 p.m near Tchoupitoulas Street and Jackson Avenue on Jan. 10.
- On Jan. 12 gunmen killed three people and injured two others inside a red-brick ranch house in a quiet eastern New Orleans residential neighborhood. Killed were Reyland Berry, 60; Troy Leslie, 37; and Keishuane Keppard, 20. The violence continued when a gunfight broke out between police and the suspects after a car chase. Cops killed one of the suspects and shot two others. Police were called to 7427 Devine Ave. about 9:30 a.m., where they found a man and a woman dead inside the home, and two other women and a man with gunshot wounds.
- A man was shot dead late Jan. 12 night in front of Mike’s Food Store at 3708 St. Claude Avenue. No identification was available via NOLA.com
- Police fatally shot Donald Johnson, 21, of New Orleans at Press Drive and Chef Menteur Highway when he allegedly fired at officers after leading them on a chase from eastern New Orleans to Gentilly about 9:30 a.m. He was a suspect in the murders in eastern New Orleans on Jan. 12.
- Gerald Barnes Jr. died from a gunshot wound to the head after someone shot him about 9 p.m. Jan. 17 in the 3100 block of Olive White Avenue in Desire.
- Antonio Miller, 21, of New Orleans was shot outside Mondo in the 900 block of Harrison Avenue about 3 p.m. Jan. 20. He died on the scene, the 16th person killed in the city this year.
- Kenyatta Woolridge, 37, of New Orleans and her sister were shot about 9:24 p.m.Jan 23 in a home in the 3300 block of Pauger Street. Woolridge died of her injuries on Jan. 24.
- Harry “Mike” Ainsworth. Ainsworth, 44, was shot just after 7 a.m. Jan. 24 when he tried to intervene in a carjacking in the 500 block of Vallette Street.
- Brian Williams, 32, of New Orleans was shot to death just before midnight Jan. 26. inside a house in the 2600 block of Dante Street.
- Patrick Lloyd, 21, of New Orleans was shot about 12:40 a.m. Jan. 28 in the 1900 block of St. Ann Street in the 6th Ward.
- 25-year-old Major Bonner, who was shot about 4 p.m. Jan. 28 on Washington Avenue near the corner of South Broad Street in front of the Kajun Express seafood restaurant.
- A 27-year-old New Orleans man was shot dead Tuesday night in eastern New Orleans. Chris M. Williams was murdered in the parking lot of the Chateau Orleans apartment complex in the 14700 block of Chef Menteur Highway. The victim was not identified on NOLA.com.
- 29-year-old Ricky Randolph was identified as the victim in a shooting in eastern New Orleans in a story on the suspects arrest published Jan. 30.
- James Gould, 29, was gunned down Feb. 3 in the 7th Ward as he ran from his attackers. He collapsed and died at the intersection of Annette and North Villere streets – a stone’s throw from the spot where the first homicide victim of the new year was killed.
- Someone shot Paul Nichols, 31, of New Orleans on Feb. 17 about 10:15 p.m. in the 3100 block of Urquhart Street.According to a daily police log, an unknown person walked up to the SUV after the crash and fired four more shots at Nichols, whom paramedics pronounced dead on the scene.
- Conrad Blanchard, 35, died from a lacerated spleen he was beaten on Feb. 22. Blanchard returned to a friend’s house in the 900 block of North Rocheblave Street, where he was “cleaned up” and then went to sleep. The exact location where Blanchard was attacked was not immediately know
- A 99-year-old man who was found dead in his home last week was smothered and strangled, according to the Orleans Parish coroner. Leon Brier was found in the 1700 block of Gentilly Boulevard on Feb. 23.
- Cory Henderson, 19, of New Orleans died from a single gunshot wound to the head about 3 p.m. near the corner of Annunciation and Adele streets on Feb. 26.
- Ricky Summers was supposed to show up early for tutoring at KIPP Central City Academy in New Orleans on Saturday, March 3. Instead, the 16-year-old’s lifeless body was found in a backyard about mid-morning that day. He was wearing his school uniform. New Orleans police received a call about a body in the 2200 block of Terpsichore Street on Saturday about 9:05 a.m. Summers died as a result of a single gunshot wound to the back.
- A 36-year-old woman who was wounded in January during a double shooting died March 8. Angela Woolridge of New Orleans was brought to Interim LSU Public Hospital on Jan. 23 with a bullet wound to her abdomen after someone shot her and her sister about 9:30 p.m. in their home in the 3300 block of Pauger Street.
- Someone shot Davshawn Lane about 8:30 p.m. March 12 at the Chateau d’Orleans apartments in the 14000 block of Chef Menteur Highway.
- A 30-year-old man who was in a fight on a St. Roch corner early March 12 died from his injuries a short time later at a local hospital, prompting the Orleans Parish coroner to rule the death a homicide. Eric Brasley got into the fight about 2 a.m. near Painters and North Prieur streets.
- Royal Wilson, 44, died at 8:25 p.m. at Interim LSU Public Hospital from a gunshot wound to the head on March 15. Wilson was shot about 7:45 p.m. in the 3000 block of Gen. Ogden Street.
- A gunman opened fire on Rayshon Jynes, 18, of New Orleans about 5:30 p.m. March 18 in the 3800 block of D’Hemecourt Street, near the corner of South Scott Street.
- Jerry Guillory, 35, and Timothy Russell, 32, of New Orleans were shot inside a Honda SUV about 9:45 p.m. March 22in the 5400 block of Burgundy Street.
- Keith Garner, 39 of New Orleans died at Interim LSU Public Hospital about 2:30 p.m. March 25. Police allege that his girlfriend, Monica Pollard, 31, killed him. Garner went to Pollard’s home in the Faubourg Lafitte housing development in the 2200 block of Orleans Avenue about 1:50 p.m. to use the restroom, according to a daily police log. Pollard refused to let Garner in, and he forced his way inside, police said. The pair began to quarrel and a fight ensued. Pollard allegedly picked up a knife and stabbed Garner in the chest. He died a short time later at the hospital.
- 31-year-old Denard Alexander died March 28. Police responding to a call of a man shot found Alexander in the stairwell of an apartment building in the Palmetto Apartments complex the 3800 block of Cambronne Street, near the corner of Palmetto Street
- Tommy Green, 28, was found shot to death. March 29 in a driveway in the 8200 block of Curran Boulevard near a pickup truck.
- A man was fatally shot inside a car in eastern New Orleans early March 39. A passerby spotted the victim inside a Nissan Altima in the 6800 block of Cindy Place about 5 a.m. The victim was never identified on NOLA.com.
- Tommie Thurmond Jr., died at the LSU Trauma Center March 30 after someone shot him in what the Times-Picayune called “a brazen drive-by shooting” while he drove a BMW lake bound on South Carrollton Avenue. The shooting happened about 11:40 a.m. at the corner of Palm Street.
- The victim of a fatal shooting in the Florida neighborhood April 2 has been identified as a 23-year-old West Bank woman. New Orleans police investigate a homicide that occurred about 11:30 a.m. Monday, April 2, in the 3100 block of Lausat Place.
Constance Streho, of Gretna, was shot when someone opened fire on her just after 11 a.m. in the 3100 block of Lausat Place Streho, who was in a Lincoln Town Car when the shooting happened, died on the scene from multiple gunshot wounds.
- The Orleans Parish coroner’s office has identified one man who was fatally shot April 3 in eastern New Orleans Tuesday afternoon and is trying to identify another person who was killed several hours later in Algiers. Kermit P. Hartzog, 27, of New Orleans died about 4 p.m. in the 7200 block of Bundy Road.
- On April 3 Around 10 p.m., a person was found dead in the 2100 block of Springbrook Lane. No subsequent identification was published.
- Darnell Brown, 30, of New Orleans died at 11:30 p.m. April 6 at Touro Infirmary from a gunshot wound to the chest. A gunman shot Brown about an hour earlier as he stood in the 3800 block of Annunciation Street, police said. Someone drove Brown to the hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead.
- On April 13 a 32-year-old New Orleans man was shot dead Friday night in Stallings Playground in the 2700 block of Laharpe Street. Ali Robinson was shot multiple times and died at the scene, officials said. He appeared to have bullet wounds in the chest and arms, said John Gagliano, chief investigator for the Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office. “I heard eight shots,” said a woman who has lived 18 years along the Lapeyrouse Street side of the park which has two basketball courts, a pool, swings and an area where people gather to barbecue and play dominoes. “He’s not one of our park boys,” Dyan “Momma d” French Cole said of Robinson. “He’s not a part of what we do here.
- Gunfire claimed the lives of an 18-year-old man who was shot in the 7th Ward on April 16 and a teenage boy who was shot while he waited for his school bus near a busy St. Roch intersection early Monday, authorities said. Jeremy Doughty, 16, died at Interim LSU Public Hospital at 7:57 a.m. Monday after he was shot on the corner of Franklin Avenue and Abundance Street about an hour earlier.
- The same day Rodney Ruffin, 18, of New Orleans was shot just before 4 p.m. in the 1700 block of Touro Street. Ruffin died at Interim LSU Public Hospital A from his wounds at 10:34 p.m.
- A 27-year-old man shot April 19 in Central City died hours later at a local hospital from his wounds, the Orleans Parish coroner’s office said. A gunman opened fire on Keith Thomas, of New Orleans, about 1:30 p.m. in the 2400 block of Clara Street.
- Authorities have identified the man who was fatally wounded during a shooting late April 19 in the 7th Ward. Joshua George, 22, was walking in the 1800 block of North Rocheblave Street at 10:55 p.m. when a man armed with a handgun got out of a nearby car and opened fire.
- The man who was shot and killed while driving through Central City April 19 has been identified as Jeffrey C. Dominique. Dominique, 28, of New Orleans died from multiple gunshot wounds after someone shot him about 4 p.m. on Jackson Avenue between Brainard and Carondelet streets.
- New Orleans police are investigating a shooting in Hollygrove that killed a 19-year-old man, officer Frank Robertson III said. The shooting occurred at or near Fig and Eagle streets April 19. Police received a call about shots fired about 6:25 p.m. Friday. They found Brandon Baker, who was scheduled to graduate from Walter L. Cohen High School this year, sprawled on the steps of a vacant white duplex.
- A 57-year-old Covington man was shot April 24 in the 4500 block of Papania Street in eastern New Orleans. Bruce Cucchiara died shortly after noon at the LSU Trauma Center. Police found Cucchiara beside his truck at the Mark VII apartment complex.
- New Orleans police are investigating a double shooting at Montegut and Pleasure streets in which a teenager was killed. A 15-year-old was shot in the head and and was pronounced dead after being taken to a hospital April 27. No subsequent identification was published.
- New Orleans’ murder rate climbed to 62 April 30 after the death of a 3-month-old girl was ruled a homicide and a woman was found fatally shot in a secluded part of eastern New Orleans in separate incidents. The deaths were two of nine incidents in which 11 people were killed or injured during the weekend, according to police logs.An autopsy found that Rynjae Lashell Mitchell died from blunt force trauma to her abdomen and chest and also had injuries to her head and face. After an autopsy, the death was ruled a homicide.
- Meanwhile, a man who was fatally wounded inside a Village de l’Est nightclub early April 29 has been identified. Jose Zelaya-Guillen, 26, of New Orleans was shot about 6:30 a.m. in the Mimosa Dancing Club in the 4600 block of Michoud Boulevard.
- Brandon Adams, 15, and an 18-year-old man were walking near the corner of Montegut and Pleasure streets in Desire about 8:35 p.m. April 27 when two men approached them from behind. One man opened fire, striking Adams in the head and the other man in the lower back. Brandon died on the scene. The 18-year-old man was in stable condition at a local hospital.
- A body found in eastern New Orleans early April 30 has been identified as 15-year-old Christine Marcelin. An aunt said the teen was the girlfriend of 15-year-old Brandon Adams, who was fatally shot Friday night in Desire. A homeless man stumbled across Christine’s bullet-riddled body about 7 a.m. Monday in the 5000 block of Alcee Fortier Boulevard. Both were 8th graders at KIPP Believe College Prep at 1607 South Carrollton Avenue, according to the school. Christine had attended the school for three years.
- A 20-year-old man, who was walking to work, was found dead in the middle of an Algiers street by New Orleans Police on May 1, according to family and friends. Jarmon Hollerman was found dead at 3:44 p.m. near the intersection of Herschel Street and Westbend Parkway. He had been shot several times and was pronounced dead on the scenePolice have not released a motive or suspects in the shooting.
- Norris Gray was shot May 1 at or near Second and Clara streets and died, according to preliminary information. The 22-year-old man was shot multiple times and died at the scene.
- A man died after he was shot several times May 1 in the St. Claude neighborhood. New Orleans police responded about 1:30 p.m. to the shooting in the 1400 block of Independence Street, near North Villere Street.
- Officer Frank Robertson, a New Orleans Police Department spokesman, said detectives who were on their lunch break at a nearby restaurant heard the gunshots and rushed outside to find Johnson on the ground. He said they saw a white Ford Escape, with dark tinted windows and lettering on it, possibly blue, speed away. Officers chased the SUV, which may have had two people inside, for miles before losing it in Uptown, Robertson said. Police continued to search for the SUV and suspects Tuesday afternoon, he said. James Theophile, who lives around the corner from the shooting scene, said he heard about 17 shots while he watched the noon news. Crime scene technicians eventually placed more than two dozen evidence cones, often used to mark bullet casings, on the street and neutral ground near where Johnson lay.
- Archie Jefferson’s wife died as a result of a savage beating, not a gunshot, contradicting initial reports that she had been shot, according to Orleans Parish Coroner.. Sandra “Sandy” Peters Jefferson, 58, died at LSU Interim Hospital a day after the event on May 11, the coroner’s office said. The cause of death was skull fractures caused by blunt force trauma, the coroner said.
- New Orleans police report that a 31-year-old man who was shot in the head in the 7th Ward May 15 died of his wounds. The shooting occurred about 10:30 p.m. at the intersection of Pauger and Villere streets. He was later identified as Christian Medrano, 31, of New Orleans
- The Orleans Parish coroner’s office has identified the man fatally wounded during a shooting May 18 in St. Roch. Freddie Robinson, 19, of New Orleans died at Interim LSU Public Hospital after someone shot him about noon in the 2500 block of North Tonti Street.
- A 5-year-old girl and a 33-year-old woman died from gunshot wounds May 19 in a fusillade in Central City, New Orleans police said. A 10-year-old boy had graze wounds to the face and leg, a 20-year-old man was wounded in the wrist and a 24-year-old man was shot in the face, police said. The 5-year-old Briana Allen, was shot as she stood on a porch tied with Happy Birthday balloons. “It was my grandson’s birthday party,” said a woman, referring to the 10-year-old boy. She said she was sitting on bricks across the street near the Guste high rise when “three dudes came from that direction,” the intersection of Simon Bolivar Avenue and Clio Street. The 33-year-old woman, Shawanna Pierce, mother of three, was shot while driving a green Mazda 3 on Simon Bolivar Avenue. After she was hit, she crashed the car into a utility pole at Simon Bolivar and Thalia Street. She had nothing to do with the violence; a bullet traveled about three blocks and hit her, said police, noting the information is preliminary. Blood was smeared on an airbag that deployed in the crash.
- New Orleans police are investigating the shooting death of a local 33-year-old man in eastern New Orleans Wednesday morning. The incident occurred about 9:36 a.m. in the 12200 block of the I-10 Service Road. No identification was ever provided.
- An 18-year-old man shot multiple times May 31 in the 1800 block of North Roman Street has died. Chad Davis died at a local hospital at 1:30 p.m. Police received a call about 9:14 a.m. about the injured man who was transported in critical condition to the hospital.
He walked out his parents’ home to his car, officer Frank Robertson III said. A gunman approached, fired and fled, he said
- An unidentified 24-year-old man was shot to deaty in Central City early June 3rd morning. The shooting occurred approximately 1:10 a.m. in the 1900 block of Third Street. No identification was published by NOLA.com
- A 21-year-old man was shot to death Monday June 4 in the afternoon in the 7th Ward. Tony Locure Jr., a member of the Helen Cox High School basketball team that won a state championship in 2008, was shot in the chest, back and arm about 2:40 p.m. in the 1900 block of North Prieur Street, authorities said. The slaying puzzled his parents who said they could not think of any reason anyone would want to harm him. His uncle Dwayne Patterson speculated Locure was lured to his death by someone he knew.
- Jonathan Lewis, 21, of New Orleans was shot to death June 11 as he drove through Gentilly, New Orleans police said. The victim, whose identity was not immediately available, was in his car near Filmore Avenue and Eads Street when someone in a passing car opened fire on him about 8:45 a.m., said officer Hilal Williams, a Police Department spokesman. The victim continued to drive after he was shot but came to a stop when his car crashed through the fence of a daycare center at Filmore and Dreux avenues, Williams said. No children were in the daycare’s yard at the time, and no other injuries were reported, she said.
- Also on June 11 the Orleans Parish coroner’s office identified two men killed during separate shootings during the weekend in New Orleans. Lonnie Johnson, 21, of New Orleans was shot at 11:46 p.m. Saturday in the 1300 block of South Saratoga Street. Johnson was sitting on the steps of his house when an unknown person approached him and starting shooting. Johnson was shot multiple times and was rushed to Interim LSU Public Hospital. Johnson died from his injuries at 1:30 a.m. Sunday. Later Sunday, a 24-year-old was killed and a 19-year-old woman was injured when someone shot them about 5:30 p.m. in the 7900 block of Olive Street. David Peters was pronounced dead on the scene.
- A 74-year-old woman in Gentilly was murdered June. 13. early Wednesday morning. The victim was a caretaker in a group home in the 5600 block of Lafaye Street where the killing took place about 1 a.m. The victim was never publicly identified.
- On June 18th a 26-year-old man was killed in the French Quarter. Police received word of the shooting in the 300 block of Bienville Street about 3:22 a.m. Responding officers found the victim shot multiple times. He died on the scene. The man was described as “local” but his identity has not been released. There was no subsequent identification of the victim.
- On June 19 two separate shootings overnight left two men dead. In the most recent incident a 45-year-old man was shot to death in Mid-City early Tuesday morning. Late Monday night a 36-year-old man who brandished a gun during an argument in a St. Claude home died after he was shot during the dispute. The 45-year-old man was shot several times about 1:15 a.m. inside a house in the 300 block of North Miro Street. The man died at a local hospital. The victim’s name has not been released. The earlier shooting happened about 10:25 p.m. in the 1700 block of France Street. A 33-year-old man was inside the home with a woman when the victim arrived and started an argument, Flot said. He did not say what the men argued about but said the victim flourished his gun and threatened the 33-year-old. The 33-year-old man then pulled out his own gun and shot the 36-year-old man multiple times. Doctors pronounced the victim dead at a local hospital. Police did not released the identity of either man.
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“Despite a violent Friday night in New Orleans during which two people were killed and eight were wounded, [Police Chief Ronal] Serpas said, “It’s good to see that our new special events strategy for the city during big tourism weekends is working in both the downtown area and in our residential neighborhoods’.”
A 49-year-old man also died after he was shot just after 2 a.m. Jan. 18 outside a home in the 7800 block of South Coronet Court in eastern New Orleans. The victim was not identified on NOLA.com
Someone shot Joseph Harris, 28, of New Orleans shortly after midnight Jan. 18 in the 2200 block of North Roman Street.
For more than a year, it’s been a standard, if controversial, practice of the New Orleans Police Department in the wake of a murder: A news release goes out with some boilerplate details, sometimes naming the deceased, but always listing his or her criminal record. The point, according to NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas, is to show that the city’s murder epidemic largely involves criminals — on both sides of the gun. But critics have said it’s unseemly, adding to the grief of bereaved families and blaming victims for their own demise before the facts are even known…
So the department was presented with a sticky situation Wednesday, when Harry “Mike” Ainsworth, 44, was murdered in Algiers Point while trying to interrupt a carjacking in progress. Ainsworth, whose young children sat with him as he drew his final breaths, was widely described as a standup guy: a contractor and a religious man who volunteered with a citizens’ support group for police.
He also had a criminal record…This afternoon, the NOPD issued another release, this one following its usual format — with a few twists. It announced that the FBI was assisting in this probe, and then heaped praise on Ainsworth, noting that he helped to paint and repair the 8th District station. It closed with a recitation of his record, which includes arrests for distribution of marijuana, distribution of LSD and several other offenses, dating to the late 1980s.