Nov 262012
 

Investigators examine shell casings on the ground after a Monday night shooting near the corner of Annunciation and Washington. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police officers look for evidence near the corner of Annunciation and Washington. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Two people were shot Monday evening near the intersection of Washington and Annunciation in the Irish Channel, police said.

A 21-year-old man was struck in the head/chest area and left in critical condition, according to initial police reports, while a 31-year-old man was shot in the left leg. They were “standing on the corner when a dark blue vehicle approached and started shooting,” the report reads.

Police marked a number of shell casings in the intersection, and witnesses said one victim had appeared to be just up the block on Annunciation, and the other was partway down Washington. Residents said that prior to the shooting around 8:30 p.m., a large group of people was gathered outside a convenience store on the corner.

“Everyone was out being loud and partying, and all of sudden ‘pop-pop,’ eight times,” said one man who lives near the intersection. “It got really quiet after that. Everyone vanished.”

Another resident of the block said as many as a dozen shots may have been fired. “It sounded like it was right on the corner,” he said. One victim, who appeared to have been shot in the leg, was sitting propped against a car on Annunciation when police arrived, he said.

Shootings seem to happen less frequently in the Irish Channel than in years past, residents said, though they wryly noted that one of the city’s long non-functioning crime cameras sits right over the intersection. In the last two weeks or so, however, the intersection seems to have had an influx of unfamiliar faces, the residents said.

Central City violence
Meanwhile, two other shootings and one stabbing incident were reported overnight in Central City.

In the first case, a 21-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman were standing in the 2300 block of St. Andrew Street when they were fired upon by a passing vehicle, according to police reports. The man was struck in the right thigh, and the woman was hit in the left buttock, the report states.

The second case was reported at 8:26 p.m. in the 2000 block of Second Street, where a man was shot in the hand. Further details were unavailable.

Finally, another aggravated battery case was reported in the 2200 block of Third Street around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday. Arlesha Davis, 18, was arrested on charges of cutting a 17-year-old male with a piece of broken glass.

[Note: This article was first published at 8:47 p.m. Monday and updated several times through the evening, with a final update Tuesday morning when the initial police reports were made available.]

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  • bobjones

    The store pictured in this photo is part of the problem with the whole area around this intersection. You want to help the area? Shut down Nick’s.

  • BigRoastChiefPoboy

    absolutely. that store is at the root of the problem, bad hangout, I witnessed a 10 person brawl (all women) outside about 6 months ago.

    Washington is such a nice street, EXCEPT for that block. The apartments across from the store were on the market not long ago, hoping they would no longer be slum lord rentals.

    • C&E

      I actually live in the apt across the street. I’m a lawyer and my boyfriend works in finance. We are young professionals who were giving the area the benefit of the doubt. I can assure you, Nick’s is the problem. As already noted in prior comments, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand that that place is the breeding ground for trouble. This was coming. Unfortunately, our worst fears were confirmed…and unfortunately, we are out of there. It’s a damn shame.

      • nolagurl

        hey C&E…maybe it’s not a great idea in a shooting to dime out where you live, elude to the fact that you have money because you are a “young professional”, or the fact that you’re giving that intersection the “benefit of the doubt” by living there. it probably doesn’t need your benefit, nor has it ever. you choose knowingly to live on that corner and you better know the grit and the dirt that comes with it. so move already. there’s a ton of nice houses on that block and the yuppie Belladoggie is across the street. I know a couple who lives there who are super friendly with the neighborhood, and they certainly are not in finance or law, and i would hate that they might be confused for you or your boyfriend after your retarded comment. did you get your law degree online or something? university of phoenix? because you obviously have no wits about you for someone practicing law, so maybe you should think before you open your mouth and say some stupid shit like you just did.

  • DE

    I drive down that street on a regular basis and it wouldn’t have taken a modern day Nostradamus to see this coming. Between the corner store and the abandoned house across the street there’s always a group of unsavory characters drinking, gambling, or worse hanging out. If its not obvious to the NOPD, is there a means by which neighbors can get increased patrols in areas like this? And what can be done about “nuissance” businesses?

  • Babs Johnson

    This problem convenience store needs to be reported to the City Attorney, Dan Macnamara, who handles all of the Alcohol Beverage Control issues: danmacnamara@nola.gov. It sounds like it is past time for Nick’s to be shuttered.

  • MQ

    I live near that intersection and the store is a magnet for drug dealing. Drugs are dealt 24 hours a day at the intersection. When NOPD sits in their car on the corner in the evenings the loitering and thugs vanish. The store needs to go and the camera needs to be fixed. There are too many nice neighbors living around here, paying there taxes that deserve better than to hide out in their homes too scared to leave after dark because of gangs cruising down the streets from other areas of town.

  • Fat Harry

    While you’re at it, mosey on down to Magazine & Bordeaux/Valence and shut down those corner stores as well please.