Man shot to death near Pontchartrain Hotel

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(Zach Brien, Uptown Messenger file photo)

The NOPD is investigating a fatal shooting that occurred Friday afternoon (Dec. 10) in Central City near St. Charles Avenue.

Just before 3 p.m., Sixth District officers responded to a call reporting shots fired in the 1600 block of Josephine Street. They discovered Halston Hayes suffering from an undetermined number of gunshot wounds.

Hayes was transported to a local hospital, where he later died. He was 29.

According to a report from WDSU-TV, the 29-year-old worked for a nearby restaurant. Sources told the WDSU reporters that the victim was taking out the trash when a group of masked men pulled up in pickup truck and opened fire on him.

No further information is available at this time.

Homicide Detective Walter Edmond is leading the ongoing investigation. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Homicide Unit at 504-658-5300 or call Crimestoppers anonymously at 504-822-1111.

This report was updated Dec. 14 with the name of the victim. 

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