Sep 012014

(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

A man was shot to death Monday on Second Street in Central City, bringing the number of people killed in New Orleans over Labor Day weekend to five and surpassing the total number of homicides recorded by this time last year, authorities said.

The victim in the Central City shooting, a 20-year-old man, was found shot multiple times on a sidewalk in the 2000 block of Second Street (between Danneel and South Saratoga) just before noon Monday, Sept. 1, said NOPD Officer Frank Robertson III, a departmental spokesman. The victim was taken to the hospital, but died there, Robertson said.

The man was the fifth person killed in New Orleans this weekend, and 2014 has now recorded more homicides in the city than the same point in 2013, noted The New Orleans Advocate in a report on the shooting.

“Just days after the New Orleans Police Department issued a news release trumpeting an 8 percent reduction in the city’s murder rate through June, a bloody Labor Day weekend has put the city’s tally of killings on pace to eclipse last year’s total of 156,” wrote reporter Dan Lawton of The New Orleans Advocate. “Two people were killed Monday, making a total of five since Saturday and bringing the homicide count for 2014 to 101, according to Officer Frank Robertson, a spokesman for the Police Department. Last year, there were 96 murders as of this date, Robertson said.”

A separate shooting was reported just a few blocks away later Monday evening, police said. A 21-year-old man was hit in the ankle by gunfire in the 2500 block of LaSalle (near Second Street) around 8:30 p.m., Robertson said. He was taken to the hospital in a private vehicle, and his injury was not considered to be life threatening, Robertson said.

Police have not said whether the two shootings have any connection to one another. Anyone with information on either case is urged to call CrimeStoppers at 822-1111 to leave an anonymous tip that could be eligible for a cash reward.

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