Giovonta Williams

SUV left running before carjacking with infant

A woman whose SUV was carjacked Thursday with her child in it left the motor running while she went inside a Gentilly store to pay for gas, New Orleans police said Friday.

The incident happened about 10 a.m. in the 3400 block of Franklin Avenue.

Police initially said the woman was pumping gas into her Nissan Murano at the Chevron station in the 3400 block of Franklin Avenue when a man jumped into the driver’s seat and drove away with her 1-year-old daughter inside.

Police said Friday that the woman left the vehicle running while she paid for the gas.

She told police she saw the man jump into the SUV and speed away south on Franklin.

The woman told police she saw the man with a woman inside the store when she went inside to make her payment.

Police found the SUV abandoned with the baby inside about 10:45 a.m. near Touro and Hope streets. The child was not harmed.

The carjacker is described as a black male in his late teens. He was wearing a white hooded sweatshirt, a gray jacket and blue jeans.

The female who was with him is described as black and wearing a red hooded sweatshirt at the time of the carjacking.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Roger Caillouet at (504) 658-6030.

Slidell man arrested in drive-by shooting

A Slidell man was booked on three criminal counts after St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested him in connection with a Wednesday night drive-by shooting, spokesman Capt. George Bonnett said.

Giovonta Williams, 21, was booked on counts of assault by drive-by shooting, aggravated criminal damage and illegal use of a weapon.

A resident on Marsha Drive reported about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday that gunshots had hit her house, Bonnett said. Deputies learned that a man and his two sons were driving through the neighborhood when another man drove past them and fired several rounds at their car, some of which hit the house.

Deputies were able to get the license number of the car from which the rounds were fired and arrested Williams at his house early Thursday without incident, Bonnett said.

Williams told deputies he had fired the shots. The motive remains under investigation, Bonnett said.

As of Friday afternoon, Williams remained in the St. Tammany Parish Jail with bail set at $140,000.

N.O., Jeff authorities investigate shootings

Authorities in Jefferson and Orleans parishes on Friday were investigating the following shootings:

8:30 p.m. Thursday in the 1500 block of Estalote Avenue, Harvey: A man was hit. His injuries were not life-threatening.

11:30 p.m. Thursday in the 800 block of Wagner Street, Algiers: A 21-year-old man was asleep when he heard a knock on the door. He answered it to find two men in the doorway. One began to fire at him. He suffered a graze wound to the face and was treated and released at the scene.

Woman robbed at gunpoint in N.O. East

A woman was robbed at gunpoint Thursday morning in New Orleans East.

The 47-year-old victim told police two unknown men walked up to her about 7 a.m. in the 7400 block of Burke Avenue and demanded her belongings.

She handed them over, and the men ran away.