One of the targets in a late-afternooon shootout that caused a car to crash on South Claiborne Avenue dropped a gun at the crash scene that has led to charges against him in a March 9 murder in New Orleans East, authorities said.
Glynn Hawkins, 21, was one of four members of the “Byrd Gang” riding in a blue car that pulled up to a red light at Washington and Claiborne around 6 p.m. March 11, when a truck pulled up alongside it and opened fire, said NOPD Sgt. Daniel Scanlon on Wednesday during the weekly meeting of Sixth District ranking officers. The car crashed into a utility pole, but witnesses said they saw Hawkins get out of the car and began firing back at the truck, Scanlon said.
Hawkins’ gun jammed during the firefight, however, and he threw it away in the neutral ground, Scanlon said. Afterward, crime lab detectives traced it to a murder a few days earlier in New Orleans East, Scanlon said.
Hawkins was jailed March 13 on gun charges related to the shootout, and re-booked Tuesday on a charge of second-degree murder, jail records show. The victim in New Orleans East was Bertrand Dezara III, a 19-year-old studying pre-medicine at Xavier University, according to a report by Naomi Martin of The Times-Picayune.
The Byrd Gang was one of the groups blamed in the 2009 Mardi Gras gunfight that wounded seven bystanders, WWL reporter Brendan McCarthy wrote when he was at the Times-Picayune.