Gunfire rang out in the area at 6:38 p.m., and officers already on patrol nearby headed to the intersection and saw a man running away on Magnolia Street, NOPD public information officer Garry Flot said in a news release. The man headed onto First Street, then South Robertson, where he attempted to throw a gun over a fence, police said. The gun bounced off the fence, and one officer stayed with it while the other kept chasing the suspect until catching up to him in a backyard in the 2600 block of First Street, Flot wrote. He was then identified as 21-year-old Lorenza Conner, police said.
The victim had been shot several times and was pronounced dead on the scene where the officers found him.
Conner was charged with second-degree murder, and had a previous record of several drug arrests and other assorted charges.
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