Police investigating three double shootings
Three double shootings that happened between Friday evening and Saturday night in New Orleans injured a teenager and sent several others to hospitals, including a man who was reported to be in critical condition.
Police first reported a shooting in St. Roch Park, where a 14-year-old boy and a 46-year-old man were hit while sitting near a concession stand about 6:25 p.m. Friday.
As gunfire erupted in the park, in the 1800 block of St. Roch Avenue, the teenager was shot in the leg and the adult in the back, NOPD spokesman Officer Garry Flot said.
Both the teenager and the coach were taken to a hospital for treatment.
About 10 minutes later, another shooting in the 7th Ward left a man in critical condition.
A 43-year-old man was leaving his house in the 1300 block of Frenchmen Street just after 6:30 p.m. when he saw two people in his front yard, police said.
He said the pair immediately began firing shots at him, and he was hit in the ankle.
Later, a 28-year-old man was found on the side of the house with several gunshot wounds to his body. The second victim was listed in critical condition at the hospital Saturday morning.
A third double shooting was reported in Gentilly about 7 p.m. Saturday.
Two women were shot in the 6000 block of Painters Street, police said. One woman was shot in the hand and the other in the leg.
Firefighters fight north shore blaze for hours
More than 30 firefighters from eight fire districts around the north shore responded to a large blaze north of Covington early Saturday morning.
About 2:45 a.m., an employee who lives on a commercial site in the 17400 block of Hard Hat Road awoke to the smell of smoke and saw flames on a surveillance camera, according to James Hartman, a spokesman for St. Tammany Fire Protection District No. 12.
The man called 911, and the first engine from District No. 12 was on the scene in three minutes, Hartman said. That company called for backup when firefighters saw there were heavy flames and extreme heat.
A total of 35 firefighters responded and battled the fire in subfreezing temperatures. The districts deployed seven engines, five tankers, two rescue vehicles, two ladder trucks, two medical units and seven support vehicles, Hartman said.
The fire was brought under control at 6:50 a.m., he said. There were no injuries, and two dogs on the site escaped unharmed.
Investigators from Fire District No. 12, the state Fire Marshal’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are probing the incident.
“We are very thankful, as always, for the mutual aid of our neighboring fire districts,” District 12 Chief Darrell Guilott said.
The building was occupied by Riecke Development and Construction and by SECO Properties, a property management company.
Suspect escapes monitoring device
Orleans Parish authorities on Saturday arrested a man who was at large after tampering with an electronic monitoring device Friday night.
The Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with other law enforcement agencies, found 38-year-old Tellas Huff on Saturday in Denham Springs.
Huff was part of the sheriff’s Electronic Monitoring Program. At 8:30 p.m. Friday, deputies were alerted that Huff had “violated the terms of the program,” said Philip Stelly, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office.
As they began their search, they received a second alert nearly an hour later notifying them that the strap of his monitoring device had been tampered with near Interstate 10 and Veterans Boulevard.
Huff was found and taken into custody without incident Saturday afternoon. After he was processed at the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office, Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies transported him back to New Orleans for processing into the parish jail.
Deputies used the assistance of a global positioning system to find Huff as they canvassed New Orleans neighborhoods, the Sheriff’s Office said. They also worked closely with the East Baton Rouge Parish and Livingston Parish sheriff’s offices to eventually locate Huff in Denham Springs.
“A combination of teamwork, technology and solid investigative techniques has resulted in the apprehension of Tellas Huff,” the Sheriff’s Office said Saturday.
Huff was originally charged with auto theft. A Magistrate Court judge assigned him to the monitoring program on Oct. 23.
He faces new charges of criminal damage to property and tampering with an electronic monitoring device.
“The deputies assigned to our electronic monitoring team deserve praise for following all leads, working closely with other law enforcement agencies and remaining focused until this EMP client was apprehended and back in custody,” Sheriff Marlin Gusman said in a written statement.