Two people have been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting that happened over the weekend in Gretna.
Gretna Police said in an arrest report that they had booked Kenneth Lyons, 25, on counts of first degree murder and possession with intent of a schedule 1 drug. A second suspect in the case is a juvenile and has not been named by authorities.
Lyons told investigators after turning himself in that he was robbed by three people while trying to sell them marijuana on Friday night, according to a probable cause affidavit.
One of the robbers attempted to shoot Lyons, according to the warrant, but the gun jammed. At that point, Lyons told police, according to the warrant, he returned fire, striking and killing one of them near the corner of Pratt and Romaine streets.
The victim of the shooting was 17-year-old Charles Smith Jr., of Harvey, according to Jefferson Parish Coroner Dr. Gerry Cvitanovich.
Gretna Police said that Lyons and another suspect “both admitted that the drug transaction was for 14 grams of marijuana.”
Lyons was booked into the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in Gretna on Saturday. An arrest report for him does not name the second suspect in the case.
Bernard Picone, 68, said he was inside his house across the street when he suddenly heard three gunshots. Picone said he was shocked to realize a fatal shooting had happened across the street from him.
“It’s pretty quiet in Gretna normally,” said Picone. “There’s a lot of patrolling around here.”
Firefighters returned to the scene of the shooting on Monday to hose off blood that remained on the ground.