A woman who stayed alive for more than a year after being shot in the head a Canal Street Chinese restaurant died on Saturday, leading to the rebooking of her alleged assailant on a second-degree murder count.
Elsie Nixon, 29, died as a result of the April 17, 2015, shooting at the China Wall restaurant at 1112 Canal Street, according to New Orleans police. Homicide detectives alleged in a warrant that 24-year-old Travone Williams – who was already facing an attempted murder charge in connection with her shooting – was responsible for her death.
Police said last year that Williams was acting erratically when he entered the restaurant around 4:05 p.m.
“We believe he was ill in some fashion — we don’t know why,” Police Superintendent Michael Harrison said.
Police said surveillance video showed that around 4:20 p.m. Williams exited a restroom in the restaurant with a gun and shot Nixon in the head as she was attempting to calm him down. She was taken to a hospital in critical condition and placed on life support, according to an arrest warrant signed by detective Theophilus Kent.
Williams was arrested on the scene. Police said he tested positive for gunshot residue in a field test, and that they also recovered a Ruger P345 from the restaurant.
Police gave no motive for the killing in a warrant. Williams was unemployed at the time of his arrest, according to court records, and was being represented by the Orleans Public Defenders. His sole conviction in Orleans Parish was for marijuana possession.
A judge set Williams’ bond at $750,000 on Wednesday.