Concerns about violence and quality-of-life issues in the River Garden development dominated Wednesday night’s community meeting with the NOPD Sixth District leadership.
A Freret corner store’s request for permission to sell alcohol and a proposal to allow conversion of a Lower Garden District warehouse into a film studio — two ideas that had drawn wary interest from their respective neighborhood groups — were both approved this week by the City Council.
The father of a toddler gunned down in a shootout after a Central City second-line last fall is now wanted in connection to a shooting that wounded a woman earlier this month, and police say he may have been involved in a spree of recent Uptown shootings from Gert Town to River Garden.
Jeremy “Noonie Man” Williams, 21, is wanted on a warrant as a principal to attempted second degree murder in a March 18 shooting near Louisiana Avenue Parkway and South Broad, police said Thursday. Two women were walking on the sidewalk about 7:30 p.m., when someone in a black vehicle on the street began firing in their direction, said Sgt. Sandra Contreras of the NOPD Sixth District persons-crime unit.
One man was killed, and three other adults and a baby were wounded, in a drive-by shooting in the River Garden development in broad daylight Monday afternoon, police said.
Three men were standing in a rear driveway in the 800 block of Felicity Street about 1:30 p.m. when an older-model Cadillac sedan approached and opened fire, police said. The ensuing volley of bullets struck all three men, as well as a 21-year-old woman and 3-month-old baby girl who were walking to a nearby store at the intersection of Chippewa and St. James, police said.
Two Uptown neighborhoods that have suffered from fatal violence in the last month, Milan and the River Garden development, will host the New Orleans Police Department’s monthly anti-crime marches starting at 5 p.m. Wednesday.
Collaboration between police and the residents of the River Garden apartments – site of the former St. Thomas public housing development – has led to the arrest of six people investigators say were responsible for a majority of recent gun violence there.
The 1800 block of St. Thomas Street, where a lone cluster of 1930s-era brick public-housing buildings remains amid blocks of pastel-colored redeveloped apartments, had seen an escalating wave of crime and gun violence over the last few weeks, noted officials in the NOPD Sixth District, which serves the Irish Channel, Garden District and Central City. Break-ins had given way to shoot-outs, leading to a fatal Jan. 2 shooting that investigators say may have been a tragic case of mistaken identity.