14-year-old dies from his wounds in A.L. Davis Park shooting

The teenage boy who was shot multiple times Monday (April 19) at A.L. Davis park died from his injuries the following day, the Coroner’s Office reported. He was identified as Joel Nichols, 14. Sixth District officers responding to reports of gunshots in the area found the boy in the 2700 block of La Salle Street, near the A.L. Davis playground, at about 7:40 p.m. He was suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The Emergency Medical Service took him to the hospital, the New Orleans Police Department said. The Coroner’s Office said Joel Nichols died on Tuesday (April 20) from gunshot wounds.

Viewpoint: Oscar nod for ‘Time’ could bring international attention to Louisiana’s prison system

Sibil Fox and Rob Richardson (also known as Fox and Rob Rich) are among a handful of New Orleanians who have a personal stake in Sunday night’s 2021 Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Awards. The poignant film about their two-decade-long effort to find justice in what is often considered a racially charged and overly harsh prison-industrial complex, “Time,” is a favorite for Best Documentary Feature. 

Also up for Oscar consideration is “One Night in Miami,” which was shot in New Orleans and LaPlace, as well as musical works by New Orleans natives and NOCCA graduates Terence Blanchard and Jon Batiste, who have been nominated in the Best Score category. LSU grad Steven Soderbergh is one of the event’s producers. “Time” is only the second documentary post-Katrina New Orleans to be nominated for an Oscar. New Orleans-based award-winning filmmaker and Loyola University instructor Garrett Bradley directed “Time.”

14-year-old shot multiple times near playground in one of two Central City shootings on Monday

Two shootings were reported minutes apart in Central City on Monday (April 19) evening, according to the New Orleans Police Department. In one shooting, a 14-year-old boy was found at A.L. Davis Park suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He died from his wounds the following day. Sixth District officers found the teen in the 2700 block of La Salle Street at about 7:40 p.m. while responding to a report of gunfire in the area, police said. He was transported to the hospital by the Emergency Medical Service.

Police blotter: Shooters target 23-year-old woman, 15-year-old boy; 87-year-old man struck and robbed

Two shootings and a robbery were reported by the New Orleans Police Department in Uptown neighborhoods during the past week. On Wednesday (April 7), a woman was shot multiple times in Central City. Sixth District officers investigating a shooting just before 5 p.m. found the 23-year-old victim suffering from gunshot wounds in the 1400 block of at Freret Street, near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Medical responders took her to a hospital for treatment. Police said gunmen opened fire on the woman, and she was shot as she was fleeing the bullets.

Suspects arrested in Hoffman Triangle shooting

The NOPD has arrested Edward Bradford-Allen, 33, and Dametrius James, 51, in the investigation of a shooting on Feb. 5 in the 2700 block of South Derbigny Street. In that incident, a 26-year-old man was shot in the chest at close range while he inside a vehicle. Medical responders took him to a local hospital for treatment. Through investigation, NOPD Sixth District detectives were able to identify a suspect vehicle and a possible suspect, later identified as Bradford-Allen.

Viewpoint: It’s hard for law-abiding citizens to get justice these days

It probably was a case of mistaken identity that could have turned deadly for Jhamal Shelby Jr., a soft-spoken St. Augustine High School star athlete and honor student.  

One recent afternoon after practice, Shelby drove to his father’s home in New Orleans East. Before he could park his car, a young man jumped out of a nearby vehicle and began shooting. Eighteen shots were fired before the perpetrators fled the scene. One bullet visibly grazed the side of Shelby’s head and damaged his eyesight.

Police blotter: Teenager, woman injured by gunfire; string of robberies on or near St. Charles Avenue; two cars stolen in Central City


The New Orleans Police Department reported that two people were injured in shootings, two cars were stolen and three people were robbed on Uptown streets during the holiday weekend from Thursday through Sunday. On Easter (April 4), a teenager was injured in a shooting in the St. Thomas area. At about 10 p.m., he was shot in the foot in the 700 block of St. Mary Street, near Boettner Park, police said.

Police seek person of interest in September homicide on South Saratoga Street

The New Orleans Police Department is seeking a man identified as a person of interest for questioning in the investigation of a homicide on Sept. 9 in the 1300 block of South Saratoga Street. Gene T. Harris, 33, has been developed as a person of interest in the shooting death of 19-year-old Gerren Green. Green was found dead of a gunshot wound on South Saratoga and Thalia Street in Central City. Harris is not currently wanted on criminal charges regarding this incident.

Police blotter: Two shootings, an armed robbery, a stabbing

Two shootings were reported in Central City this week, including a drive-by that left a woman with multiple gunshot wounds. In the other, a single bullet injured a man in the back. Other crimes reported by the New Orleans Police Department include an early morning armed robbery of a driver in Gert Town and the domestic stabbing of a teenage girl in Pigeon Town. Driver robbed in Gert Town

A man stopped for a stop sign at Pine and Edinburgh streets on Friday (March 26) at about 3 a.m. when two men approached. One came up to him from behind and the other from the side with a gun.