In the separate fatal shooting of a sleeping 11-year-old girl in west Carrollton, a man police believed was on the scene showed up to talk to investigators, authorities said.
In the Aug. 30 death of 1-year-old Londyn Samuels, Darnell Ramee has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder for her death and with the attempted first-degree murder of her 18-year-old babysitter in the 2800 block of South Saratoga Street, according to a New Orleans police news release. Ramee is believed to have been the gunman, the release states, and he was arrested at a home in the 2900 block of Paris Avenue shortly before 6 p.m. Thursday.
Keelen Armstrong, 24, was arrested Wednesday on the same charges, and police now refer to him as Ramee’s “co-perpetrator.” Two men were seen at the shooting scene, police have said.
“This is phenomenal work done by our Homicide division,” said NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas. “I can’t praise these detectives enough. Detective Robert Barrere, who was the lead in this case, was tenacious, and I had no doubt that he and our team would wrap up this case. I’m hoping the people of this neighborhood can rest a bit easier tonight.”
Both Ramee and Armstrong have previous arrests on the charge of illegal carrying of weapons.
Meanwhile, police had asked for the public’s help in locating Keith Ward, whom investigators believe was on the scene of the Labor Day morning shooting in the 1300 block of General Ogden Street in west Carrollton. After seeing media reports that police were looking for him, Ward showed up at the Second District station to talk to police, authorities said.