Harvey man gunned down in hail of bullets

A 20-year-old Harvey man was fatally shot in a hail of gunfire early Tuesday in Harvey, authorities said.

Stacy Johnson Jr. was found dead near a bullet-riddled vehicle in the 3700 block of Clover Lane. The shooting also wounded a 19-year-old man.

The reason for the shooting, which happened about 12:45 a.m., remained unclear, and no suspects had been identified as of late Tuesday.

Col. John Fortunato, a spokesman for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, said the two victims had been sitting in a Pontiac G-6 with a third man smoking marijuana when they heard gunshots and fled the vehicle. Johnson was killed, while the 19-year-old was hit in the buttocks. The third man, also 19, was not injured.

The surviving victims said they did not know who opened fire on them, Fortunato said.

Authorities said they found a semi-automatic handgun in the back seat of the vehicle, as well as several bags of what appeared to be marijuana near the front door.

A total of 25 spent shell casings of three different calibers were recovered.

The Sheriff’s Office asked anyone with information about the shooting to call detectives at (504) 364-5300.

NOPD: Two sought in Algiers assault

New Orleans police are searching for two men accused of assaulting a man in Algiers with pieces of a cinder block and a wood sander.

Darrell Lindsey, 24, and Wilbert Caffrey, no age provided, are being sought on counts of aggravated battery, police said.

The incident happened about 3 p.m. Monday in the 100 block of Woodland Highway. Police said the 52-year-old victim had been in his backyard cleaning up when he got into an argument with Lindsey, his nephew.

Police said Lindsey threw pieces of a cement cinder block at the man and attempted to put him in a choke hold. Caffrey allegedly struck the man with a handheld wood sander.

The victim was hospitalized, police said, but his injuries were not considered to be life-threatening.

Anyone knowing where to find the two men is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111,

Man arrested in two Slidell robberies

Slidell police arrested a 46-year-old man Sunday in connection with robberies at two Dollar General stores.

Steven Franck was booked on two counts of first-degree robbery, false imprisonment and resisting an officer by flight.

The first robbery happened early Saturday at the Dollar General on Pontchartrain Drive. The clerk told police a man entered the store and implied he had a weapon. She gave him the money from the cash register, and he fled in a dark-colored Mazda.

The next day, police got a report of an armed robbery at a Dollar General on Gause Boulevard West. The robber tied up the clerk before fleeing with cash, authorities said, but the clerk managed to free herself and call police.

Officer Brad Hoopes later spotted a black Mazda 626, driven by Franck, turn onto Fremaux Avenue from Front Street, police said. Franck rammed the front of a police car on Seventh Street and put his vehicle in reverse in an attempt to flee. He struck Hoopes’ vehicle, which was directly behind him, and was pinned between the police cars.

Police said they found money strewn throughout the vehicle’s interior and clothing matching the description from the previous robbery. Franck allegedly admitted to his role in the robberies of both stores.

Forklift repairman killed in accident

A repairman working on a forklift at the rear of the Walmart store at 5110 Jefferson Highway died Tuesday when the vehicle fell on top of him, authorities said.

Christopher Brandt, 29, of Chalmette, died at the scene, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Brandt was employed by a local forklift company and was reparing a Walmart forklift when the accident happened about 9:25 a.m.

Emergency medical technicians were unable to revive him.

Slidell man booked in string of burglaries

A Slidell man was booked on several counts of burglary early Tuesday after a homeowner caught him trespassing, according to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies answered a call about a man attempting to burglarize a home on Twins Lane in Slidell while the occupants were inside about 6:30 a.m.

The man, identified as Joshua Devillier, 20, fled into the woods behind the house, but deputies took him into custody in the rear yard.

Authorities canvassed the neighborhood and determined he had committed several other vehicle burglaries, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Devillier was booked on attempted simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling, attempted simple burglary and four counts of simple burglary.