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.
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Richard Campanella was on his way to get his morning cup of coffee when he noticed an interesting addition to the Maple Street landscape: oyster shells.
Campanella, geographer and senior professor of practice at the Tulane School of Architecture, said he enjoys studying urban cityscapes and thought the pothole filled with oyster shells made an interesting subject to study.
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.
New Orleans police cleared a bomb threat at Superior Seafood on Sunday that turned out to be a hoax, authorities said.
The man who allegedly killed former New Orleans Saints player Will Smith and wounded his wife in a road-rage shooting Saturday night on Sophie Wright Place has been charged with murder, police said.
Former Saints player Will Smith was killed and his wife was wounded in a shooting following a three-car crash that police are describing as a possible “road-rage” incident in the Lower Garden District late Saturday, New Orleans police say.
One man was robbed at gunpoint at Hillary and Zimpel streets, and another man was robbed at Sycamore and Pine a half hour later Wednesday morning, New Orleans police said.
A man who parked his vehicle near Audubon Park discovered items missing from it a few days later, and police are hoping that images from surveillance video will lead investigators to a suspect in the case.
New Orleans police have released surveillance video that they believe shows the man who robbed Maple Street Books on Thursday and the truck he drove, and they are helping that the public can help identify him.