About 9:30 p.m. Thursday, a Domino’s driver making a delivery to the 2900 block of Cambronne was approached by a gun-carrying stranger with a brown scarf around his face who demanded his money, said Lt. Mike Montalbano of the NOPD Second District. As the driver reached into his pocket, the gunman fired off three shots that all missed, and then he ran off, Montalbano said, leaving the driver uninjured.
About 6:20 a.m. Monday, a man walking to a gas station on Earhart noticed a bicyclist exchanging words with a man in a white Dodge Charger, and as he reached the intersection of Fern and Mars, the driver of the Charger got out and approached him with a gun, demanding money, Montalbano said. The gun went off as the victim and the robber began to struggle, and the bullet hit the victim in the shoulder, Montalbano said.
The bicyclist then came to the gunman’s aid, and the two left, firing more times at the victim but missing, Montalbano said. Montalbano said it is unlikely the two were actually working in tandem, attributing their cooperation to a chance meeting on the street.
“I think they knew each other,” Montalbano said, noting the short conversation they apparently had before the robbery. “I don’t think they planned one in the car, one on a bike to rob somebody. I think it just happened that way.”
Meanwhile, Nathanial Zimet, the chef-owner of Boucherie in Carrollton, has been upgraded to stable condition after suffering two gunshot wounds in an apparent robbery on South Saratoga early Sunday, Montalbano said. He had no health insurance to cover his costly surgery and treatment in the intensive-care unit, reports Kevin Allman of Gambit, so a donation account has been set up and several benefits are being planned. WWL’s Katie Moore also talked to a number of Zimet’s neighbors and coworkers about their frustrations over his shooting:
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