Viewpoint: Proactive policing needed to combat surge in violent crime, MCC says

The Metropolitan Crime Commission (MCC), New Orleans’ premier criminal justice watchdog agency, is urging the New Orleans Police Department to refocus on violent offenders during a time when shootings and murders are surging and fewer arrests are being made for violent and weapons felony offenses. A new MCC analysis shows that there is currently a high community demand for police services. They recommend that the NOPD reinstitute a centralized task force model that allows police to strategically identify and target violent felons who continue to pose a threat to community safety. “Every violent crime that goes unresolved by arrest fuels the vigilante cycle of retaliatory justice, thereby diminishing public confidence in law enforcement,” said Rafael Goyeneche, MCC president. “The foundation for prosperity is built upon public safety.

15-year-old girl, two men injured in Gert Town triple shooting

A teenage girl was injured Saturday night in a triple drive-by shooting on a residential Gert Town street, the New Orleans Police Department reported. The 15-year-old was sitting in a car outside a home in the 4300 block of Thalia Street at about 9:20 p.m. when a Red Kia Soul drove up. Gunfire erupted from the Kia, striking the teenager and two 37-year-old men. The suspects fled down Thalia in the car. The Emergency Medical Service took the teen and one of the men to the hospital.

Victims identified in Olive Street, MLK Boulevard homicides

The Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office has identified the victims of two recent homicides in Uptown neighborhoods. Cleve Baham, was shot to death in Gert Town on Friday (Aug. 7), according to police reports. Officers responding to a report of shots fired in the 7900 block of Olive Street at 9:10 p.m. found Baham suffering from gunshot wounds. The Emergency Medical Service took him to the hospital, where he died.

Police blotter: Carjacking, two robberies

A carjacking and two robberies were reported in Uptown neighborhoods over the weekend, according to the New Orleans Police Department. A woman was carjacked Sunday afternoon in Central City, the NOPD reported. A man shoved the 28-year-old victim to the ground at South Tonti Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard at about 1:30 p.m., the report states. He then took her keys and fled in her car. The police report states the NOPD knows the identity of the assailant, but his name was not provided.

NOPD: Vehicle of interest, occupants sought in homicide investigation

The NOPD is seeking to locate a vehicle and its occupants in the investigation of a homicide that occurred on July 26 at the intersection of Fourth Street and South Claiborne Avenue. On the listed date, NOPD Sixth District officers responded to a shooting at the listed location. A male subject was discovered at the location suffering from several gunshot wounds and later was pronounced deceased. The pictured vehicle is believed to have been used by the unknown perpetrators in this incident. It is believed to be an early 2000s BMW X5 SUV, likely to have significant damage to the rear bumper area.

Central City shooting victim dies of his injuries

The victim in a Central City shooting Sunday (July 26) died from his injuries, the New Orleans Police Department reported. The incident began with a traffic accident on Fourth Street and Claiborne Avenue, police said. After the crash, the gunman got out of one of the vehicles and shot at a man in the other vehicle before fleeing the scene. At around 11:48 a.m., Sixth District officers responded to an aggravated battery by shooting at the intersection at the intersection. Upon arrival, officers discovered a 28-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wounds.

Man killed in Central City double shooting

A double shooting in Central City left one man dead and another injured, the New Orleans Police Department reported Monday afternoon. On Monday at 2:05 p.m., Sixth District officers responded to reports of shots fired in the 2800 block of Jackson Avenue, between South Claiborne Avenue and Willow Street. Upon arrival, officers discovered two men inside of a vehicle suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. During the investigation, officers learned that the occupants of a black sedan had pulled up on side of the victims’ vehicle. A front-seat passenger in the sedan opened fire with a rifle.

Man shot to death in parking lot outside Dollar General

A man was killed in a shooting Friday afternoon in front of the Dollar General store on South Claiborne Avenue near Toledano Street, the New Orleans Police Department reported. At around 3:30 p.m., NOPD Sixth District officers arrived at the Dollar General, 2841 S. Claiborne Ave. In the store parking lot, they found Kevin Thomas Jr., 35, suffering from a single gunshot wound to the chest. Emergency Medical Services transported Thomas to the University Medical Center, where he died. The homicide was the second in New Orleans on Friday afternoon, following one in New Orleans East.

18-year-old identified as victim in fatal Hollygrove shooting

The Coroner’s Office has identified the victim in a Hollygrove homicide on Monday (June 15) as Messiah Thompson, 18. Second District officers responded to reports of gunfire Monday at 4:36 p.m. in the 8300 block of Palm Street. They discovered Thompson suffering from a gunshot wound. The teenager died at the scene. Homicide Detective Leonard Bendy is leading the ongoing investigation and can be reached at 504-658-5300 with any additional information.

Police blotter: Shootings reported in Central City and Leonidas

Sixth District officers were called to a shooting at Magnolia and Sixth streets Wednesday night at 10:51 p.m. When they arrived, however, no victim was found at the scene. In the Leonidas neighborhood on Monday (June 1), a 25-year-old man was shot by three men in a white four-door Dodge Charger with a black bumper. The victim was walking near Green and Eagle streets with the men began shooting from the car. He was hit in the left foot. On Monday at about 7:15 a.m., two victims were shot during a burglary in the 1200 block of Freret Street in Central City.