Police blotter: Traffic fatality, two shootings, two armed robberies

A fatal accident, two shootings and two armed robberies were reported in Uptown neighborhoods over the weekend, according to the New Orleans Police Department. A man was injured in a shooting Sunday night (Oct. 23) in Central City. The victim, 41, was at Philip and Willow streets just after 11 p.m. when a gunman opened fire. He sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was taken to the hospital by the Emergency Medical Service.

Police seek person-of-interest in attempted rape on Carrollton

The NOPD is seeking to locate and identify a person-of-interest for questioning in an ongoing investigation of an attempted aggravated rape that occurred on Oct. 9 in the 1900 block of South Carrollton Avenue. NOPD Special Victims Section Sex Crimes Unit detectives have developed the man pictured above as a person-of-interest. He is not wanted on criminal charges at this time. However, detectives believe he may have information vital to the investigation and wish to question him.

Viewpoint: NOLA Coalition takes on city’s crime problem because ‘New Orleans is worth saving’ 

Attorney and current GNO Inc. Chair Richard F. Cortizas believes there are a lot of positive things going on in New Orleans. “Hotel occupancy rates are holding steady and room rates are increasing,” he said earlier this week. “Events at the Morial Convention Center are at about 90% of pre-pandemic levels. The proposed development of the Rubenstein Hotel on Canal Street is an encouraging indicator that folks still want to make an investment in our great city. That’s all extremely promising.

Police blotter: Armed woman forces victims into freezer and robs Claiborne business

Two Uptown businesses were robbed at gunpoint Monday night, the New Orleans Police Department reported. A woman took money from the safe of a business in the 2800 block of South Claiborne Avenue after forcing the customers and workers into a walk-in freezer, police said. The woman was armed with handgun when she entered the business at about 8:10 p.m. She went behind counter and forced five people — four teenage females and a 30-year-old male — into the freezer. She then had the manager open the safe at gunpoint and took an unknown amount of money before fleeing on foot. Later on Monday, at about 10:20 p.m., employees at a Freret Street business were robbed of the night’s tips.

NOPD seeks suspect in burglary of Freret Street business

The New Orleans Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a suspect in an aggravated burglary that occurred on Sept. 2, in the 4900 block of Freret Street. At about 9:15 p.m., the man pictured above entered a business and attempted to grab a cash register. An employee tried to stop him, and the two fought. The burglar then took cartoons of cigarettes, tossed them in a nearby garbage bag and left the store.

Police seeking teenage suspect in Garden District carjacking

The New Orleans Police Department is requesting assistance in identifying and locating a juvenile suspect in an armed carjacking. The offense occurred midday on Aug. 24 in the Garden District. At about 1:15 p.m., a teenager knocked on the window of a 2022 Honda Civic in the 1100 block of Jackson Avenue. He brandished a weapon and ordered the woman inside to get out of the car.

InspireNOLA Charter Schools launches citywide youth initiative to combat gun violence Oct. 12 (sponsored)

A student-led initiative that focuses on decreasing gun violence across the city. The city we all know and love is now the “Murder Capital for the U.S.,” and it’s time that we, as leaders across the city, act quickly to change this narrative. Recent reports suggest that youth in New Orleans are at the forefront of the current violent crime wave that has inflicted our city. InspireNOLA, a local charter school network in New Orleans, is refuting the new title with its latest initiative — NOLALove. A youth-driven and community-wide call-to-action, NOLALove is our response to the increased crime and lives lost to senseless gun violence ravaging the city of New Orleans.

Suspects sought in two early morning business burglaries (video)

The New Orleans Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying and locating suspects in two business burglaries that occurred on early on Tuesday (Oct. 4). Police did not indicate that the burglaries were related. At 2:19 a.m., a man rode up on a bicycle to a business in the 4500 block of Freret Street. After prying open the front door, he walked up to the cash register and tried to open it.

Man arrested after 4-year-old boy shoots himself

A 25-year-old man was taken into custody after a toddler shot himself on Sunday (Oct. 2). Police found the 4-year-old boy suffering from a gunshot wound around 4 p.m. at the intersection of South Claiborne Avenue and Gen. Taylor Street. Lindell Mays was arrested and booked into the Orleans Parish Justice Center for responsibilities of owners of firearms with respect to minors. The police did not reveal Mays’ relationship with the 4-year-old.