Suspect arrested in Hollygrove shooting, burglary

The NOPD arrested a suspect Michael Tobias, 32, in the investigation of a shooting that occurred on Aug. 21 in Hollygrove. A 60-year-old man was shot during a suspected burglary in the the 8400 block of Palm Street. The police report stated that the victim was shot at about 8:15 a.m., when a man began firing during a confrontation. The Emergency Medical Service took the 60-year-old to the hospital to be treated for multiple gunshot wounds.

Hoffman Triangle sees two deadly shootings in one day

Two fatal shootings were reported in Hoffman Triangle neighborhood on Friday (Aug. 26). The first occurred mid-day in the 2800 block of South Johnson Street. At about 1:25 pm., officers responding to a call found a man lying on the sidewalk with multiple gunshot wounds. Emergency Medical Services arrived on the scene and pronounced him dead.

Police blotter: Woman carjacked in Garden District; Freret Street business robbed

A woman was carjacked mid-day Wednesday (Aug. 24) in the Garden District, and a business was robbed that night on Freret Street. The carjacking victim was in the 1100 block of Jackson Avenue at about 1:15 p.m. when a teenage boy approached. He knocked on her passenger-side window and brandished a weapon, police said. The victim got out of her car and let the carjacker enter.

Viewpoint: How are victims of crime in New Orleans supported?

I am not a fan of ultra-conservative Fox television personality Tucker Carlson. Yet I could not ignore his 15-minute diatribe Tuesday evening (Aug. 23) on Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s recent ill-advised actions, a diatribe that was viewed in prime time by millions across the world.  

Carlson’s premise was carjackings are the “clearest possible sign” that a civilization is “falling apart.” He made a direct connection between carjackings and decaying societies where “armed predators” — rather than the police — are in charge and where “force, violence and clan loyalty” have taken the place of law and order. With almost 200 carjackings already reported in 2022 versus a figure he gave as 177 for all of 2021, Carlson claimed that New Orleans has become a city like Johannesburg, South Africa, where carjackings are now “a way of life.”  The hundreds of New Orleans carjacking victims and many other citizens who live in fear of being carjacked probably agree. 

Carlson was drawn to this topic after Mayor Cantrell suddenly appeared — without prior notice to the victims, district attorney or the court — at the sentencing hearing of a juvenile offender who was convicted in three carjackings committed in two days. Cantrell came to support the 14-year-old and his mother because he completed her little-known taxpayer-funded Pathways Youth Internship Program, which teaches life skills and work readiness to youths already involved in the criminal justice system.

Two shooting deaths reported hours apart in Hollygrove, Hoffman Triangle

Two homicides occurred just hours apart on Wednesday morning (Aug. 24) in Uptown neighborhoods. A man identified as George Caston, 34, was shot to death in Hollygrove at around 7:30 a.m., the New Orleans Police Department reported. A suspect was detained for questioning, police said. Police did not release information on circumstances of the shooting or the identity of the suspect.

Man found shot to death on Broadmoor street

A man was found shot to death mid-day on Monday on a Broadmoor street, the New Orleans Police Department reported. Police officers discovered Kevin August on the ground at 12:19 p.m. in the 3600 block of Gen. Taylor Street. August was unresponsive and had multiple gunshot wounds. Medical responders declared him dead at the scene. August was 29.

Police blotter: Two shootings and a stabbing reported Uptown on Sunday

 

Two men were shot and a blind man was stabbed in Uptown neighborhoods on Sunday (Aug. 22), the New Orleans Police Department reported. A 21-year-old man was injured Sunday evening in the 2600 block of Philip Street, between Robertson and Magnolia streets. The gunman drove up in car and opened fire, striking the victim. The gunman fled, and the man was taken to the hospital by the Emergency Medical Service.

Overnight shooting in Central City leaves 58-year-old man dead

 

A 58-year-old man died in a double shooting early Saturday (Aug. 20) in Central City, the New Orleans Police Department reported. The two victims, both males, were shot just before 3 a.m. in the 2400 block of St. Andrew Street, police said. The Emergency Medical Service brought them to a hospital, where one of the victims died.

Driver injured in rush-hour shooting on St. Charles Avenue

A man driving on St. Charles Avenue was shot by another driver on Monday (Aug. 15). The rush-hour incident followed a violent weekend when three shootings were reported in Uptown neighborhoods. The 26-year-old man was behind the wheel at St.