Two women walking in the university area were robbed at gunpoint Thursday afternoon, New Orleans police said.
A 70-year-old woman on Adams Street was sexually assaulted by a man she knew, and a 20-year-old woman on Peniston Street was sexually assaulted by a female acquaintance, New Orleans police said in rape reports released Thursday morning.
Instead of making his passionate plea from one of the city’s more dangerous inner city neighborhoods where residents experience crime day after day, Mayor Landrieu chose the relative safety of Tulane University and the campus police who could help protect attendees. Who was Landrieu’s real intended audience — the neighborhoods that can afford extra security or the law-abiding citizens who are afraid to let their kids play outside? Was Landrieu’s speech a positioning statement for his future in the Clinton administration?
A host of city initiatives and reforms are pushing crime in New Orleans to historic lows, but such gains are impossible to celebrate when homicide rates in the city remain four times the national average, said Mayor Mitch Landrieu on Wednesday night as he laid out the many ways he believes the city, its residents, and its state and federal partners can continue to push the progress forward.
Perhaps the most crucial skill a citizen can have when viewing the myriad policies proposed by politicians is knowing the difference between that which is substantive, and that which panders. The electorate should know when a politician is genuinely trying to make the world better, as opposed to merely looking like they’re trying to make the world better.
Alas, New Orleanians were exposed to the latter this past Friday, when Mayor Mitch Landrieu, flanked by Councilmembers Jason Williams and James Gray, proposed a five-part ordinance “aimed at promoting gun safety in New Orleans.”
In the first case, two Metairie men drinking at a university frat house brawled with two armed robbers, New Orleans police said. In the second robbery of the weekend, a delivery driver was confronted by a lone gunman on Octavia Street, while the third robbery took place mere moments later far enough away that a connection seems unlikely, investigators say.
All three cases remain under investigation, detectives in the Uptown-based Second District said on Tuesday, and while all possibilities remain on the table, the three robberies around the university area from this weekend appear to have taken place under circumstances too different to be connected.
Two men were robbed at gunpoint Saturday night just off the Tulane campus, and two delivery drivers were robbed the following night within a few blocks of the universities as well, New Orleans police said.
Crime in New Orleans never ceases to become more shocking, as tragically shown again this weekend in the road-rage shooting death of beloved former Saints player Will Smith on Sophie Wright Place in the Lower Garden District that continues to make national headlines.
But 2016 could be quietly returning the overall downward trend in murders seen in the last few years — down 33 percent from 2015 — but also slightly down from the numbers in 2014, which were touted as the lowest number of murders New Orleans had recorded in decades.
New Orleans police repeatedly warn Uptown residents that unlocked cars make easy pickings for opportunistic thieves, and a recent surveillance video shows a group swarming around cars parked on Webster Street in what police say may have been a spree of more than a dozen auto break-ins.
Seven of the bullets that killed former Saints player Will Smith on Saturday night entered through his back, and one entered through the side of his chest, Orleans Parish Coroner Jeffrey Rouse announced Wednesday afternoon.
A 20-year-old man was shot in the leg on Willow Street in Central City overnight, New Orleans police said Monday morning.
On Saturday, around 11:30 p.m., former New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith was driving through my neighborhood. He was with his wife, Racquel. As he approached Felicity Street while driving eastbound on Sophie Wright Place, he was allegedly rear-ended by one Cardell Hayes.
Hayes and Smith exited their respective vehicles and got into a heated argument. Hayes pulled a gun, at which point Smith ostensibly turned. Hayes then sprayed out a hail of bullets, hitting Smith in his back and right torso. Smith bled out at the scene. Raquel was struck in her right leg.
Smith was much beloved in New Orleans, and this senseless act of violence has thus struck a chord with many. A makeshift memorial appeared Sunday near the scene of the shooting.