One dead after drive-by in St. Thomas area

A man was killed Tuesday night during an apparent drive-by in the St. Thomas area, New Orleans police said.

The shooting happened about 7 p.m. in the 400 block of Felicity Street. The victim and two other men were in a Nissan when another car pulled alongside of it and someone inside opened fire, said officer Garry Flot, a New Orleans Police Department spokesman.

The Nissan stopped at the corner of Felicity and Tchoupitoulas streets. Police found the victim’s body about a half a block away on the sidewalk. Flot said investigators did not know if the victim, whose name and age were not immediately available, tried to run or stumbled out of the car after he was shot.

The two men in the car with the victim were taken into police custody for questioning, Flot said.

A short time after the shooting, a man arrived at a hospital with a gunshot wound to his hand. Flot said investigators believe he was in the car that opened fire on the Nissan. He could not say if investigators believe the men in the Nissan returned fire.

Detectives found an abandoned car at Delachaise and Coliseum streets that they suspect was the car from which the shots were fired that killed the victim.

N.O. police seek trio in French Quarter beating

New Orleans police are asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating three people accused of beating a couple early Saturday morning in the French Quarter.

Surveillance video shows three males approach the man and woman about 6 a.m. near the corner of Iberville and Dauphine streets as they were looking for their car. Police said the three began to shout at the couple.

One of the males then punched the woman in the mouth while the other two males began to hit the man, police said.

The female victim had a swollen lip, and the man suffered a broken jaw that required surgery, police said.

Police initially deemed the incident unfounded because the victims were not at the scene when they arrived, WWL-TV reported Monday. On Tuesday, police told the station that “errors were made” in the case, and that internal investigators are probing the actions of an officer and a dispatcher.

One of the suspects wore a gray shirt and brown pants, another wore red shorts and a white shirt and the third wore a white shirt and blue jeans.

Surveillance video showed them approach the couple, attack them and then run away on Iberville Street toward the Mississippi River.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Katrina rescuer sought in Maple Street assault

Lauded as a hero for canoeing through flooded city streets to rescue people after Hurricane Katrina, police are now searching for Juan Parke for allegedly brandishing a gun at someone outside an Uptown restaurant Sunday afternoon.

Police said they have issued a warrant for Parke, 50, for aggravated assault with a firearm. The assault, police said, happened about 4:30 p.m. outside of a restaurant in the 7600 block of Maple Street.

Police said the victim was able to record the license plate number of the man who held the gun.

A follow-up investigation tracked the vehicle to Parke, whom the victim then identified through a six-person photo lineup, police said.

Man critical after being shot during robbery

A 49-year-old man was in critical condition on Tuesday after he was shot during a robbery, police said.

The victim was sleeping outside of the Union Passenger Terminal in the 1000 block of Loyola Avenue about 2:05 a.m. when a man walked up and robbed him, according to a daily police log.

During the robbery the man was shot in the right lower chest and the right upper back. He was being treated at Interim LSU Public Hospital.

Police did not provide a description of the gunman.

Sheriff: Two damaged construction equipment

One man is in custody and another awaiting extradition for causing $500,000 in damage to equipment at a sand pit near Slidell in December, police said.

Devin King, 19, 26080 E. Beech St. in Slidell, was booked Monday into the St. Tammany Parish jail on five counts of simple burglary, three counts of aggravated criminal damage to property and single counts of criminal trespassing and simple arson, according to St. Tammany Parish spokesman Capt. George Bonnett. Bond has not yet been set.

In December, King and another man, Jerrod Vezina, broke into a sand pit near Brown’s Village Road, Bonnett said. The pair hotwired several excavators and front-end loaders and in operating them, caused the damage.

When detectives questioned King on Monday, he admitted to the vandalism and an arson at the sand pit in October. In that arson, an 18-wheeler was broken into and set on fire.

Vezina, 36309 Third Ave., Slidell, is being held in an Alabama jail awaiting extradition to St. Tammany on an unrelated armed robbery warrant. When he arrives, he will be booked on additional charges, Bonnett said.

Kitchen fire damages Broadmoor home

A kitchen fire damaged a Broadmoor home on Tuesday morning, the New Orleans Fire Department said.

The fire was reported at 11:39 a.m. at the home at 3836 Napoleon Ave.

Firefighters who arrived at the home found heavy smoke coming from the attic and back windows of the home, said firefighter Michael Williams, a Fire Department spokesman.

A second alarm was struck to call in additional manpower to prevent the fire from spreading to the ground level of the raised-basement home or reaching neighboring homes, Williams said.

Forty-six firefighters had the fire under control by 12:18 p.m.

An investigation found that the fire started while a resident was cooking, Williams said.

No one was injured.

Compiled by the New Orleans bureau