Before the New Year begins, two men killed in separate Uptown shootings

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Two men were killed in separate Uptown shootings on Friday afternoon (Dec. 31).

The first deadly shooting occurred at about 1 p.m. on Martin Luther King Boulevard and South Prieur Street. Gunfire erupted from a vehicle driving through the area — striking a 56-year-old woman, 27-year-old man and 26-year-old man.

Medical responders took Kenyon Coston, 27, to the hospital, where he died of gunshot wounds.

The woman had a gunshot wound in her leg but refused treatment, police said. The 26-year-old male was not at the scene when police arrived. They learned the incident was a triple shooting after he arrived at the emergency for treatment of a graze wound to the leg.

Another man was fatally shot at about 2:20 p.m. in Gert Town.

Corey Brown was in the 7900 block of Oleander Street, near Earhart Boulevard, when a gunman opened fire, striking him in the back before fleeing on foot.

Brown died after he was taken the hospital by the Emergency Medical Service. He was 21.

No further information was available. Anyone with information is urged to call the NOPD Homicide Division at 504-658-5300 to speak to a detective, or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 to leave an anonymous tip that could be eligible for a cash reward.

This report was updated Jan. 4 with the names and ages of the victims. 

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