A dispute between a woman and her ex-boyfriend turned deadly late Thursday morning on a quiet stretch of Calhoun Street, when a third man intervened in the argument and ended up shooting the ex-boyfriend to death, New Orleans police said.
The 40-year-old man was arguing with his former girlfriend outside a home near the intersection of Calhoun and Hewes around 11 a.m., when a 38-year-old man walked up and intervened, said NOPD Lt. Gary Marchese. “There was another scuffle, and the 40-year-old man was shot,” Marchese said.
The shooter is in custody, as is the weapon, and homicide investigators are interviewing several witnesses, Marchese said. Investigators are also working to establish the relationship between the people involved, he said.
“We’re still in the early stages, so we’re not saying whether this was justified or whether this was murder,” Marchese said. “We’re still sorting through the facts.”
Multiple shell casings have also been recovered, but detectives will not know how many times the victim was shot until an autopsy is conducted, Marchese said.
Neighbors expressed shock at the shooting on an otherwise quiet stretch of Calhoun between South Claiborne and Fontainebleau. Resident Angelle Trosclair she was taking down her Christmas tree when she heard a shot, and initially mistook the gunshot for construction noise at one of the many homes going up nearby.
“I thought it was construction,” Trosclair said. “I thought it was a nail gun.”
Calhoun resident Jacqueline Stephens said she cannot recall anything similar happening in her 15 years living on the street.
“Nothing ever happens,” Stephens said. “”I’m overwhelmed right now. … This is a very good neighborhood.”