Few details have been released about a shooting early Sunday morning in New Orleans East, but a couple of things are clear. The alleged shooter — Clayton Mays Sr. — was the father of the victim, a 16-year-old boy. And according to police, the youth was attempting to stop Mays from shooting his mother.
Late Saturday night, Mays, 38, got into an argument over the phone with the mother of two of his children. Shortly after midnight, he drove to her home in the 7500 block of Forum Boulevard, and the pair started arguing.
Mays reportedly pulled a gun and, according to NOPD spokesman Officer Frank Robertson, told the woman, “I will put your lights out!”
The woman, 41, told police that her son heard the arguing and tried to get Mays to put the gun down. That’s when Mays fired three shots in the living room. One of the bullets grazed his 16-year-old son’s head, police said.
A 13-year-old boy also was present but was not shot. The 16-year-old was taken to the hospital and treated.
Mays remains at large.
Court records show that in 2010, the mother filed for a restraining order against Mays, claiming that on Nov. 13 of that year, he showed up at her home and threatened her life. She also said that Mays threatened to take her children away.
Even though she claimed past incidents of abuse and trouble between her new husband and Mays, her petition for a restraining order was dismissed in January 2011 because she didn’t show up for a court appearance.
Because of the history of alleged domestic abuse, The New Orleans Advocate is withholding her name.
Reached by phone Monday, the woman said, “My family is going through a lot right now, and I really just don’t want to talk about it.”
Mays and the woman were in a relationship from 1994 to 1998 and had two children, according to court records. After they broke off their relationship, the woman began requesting child support, and she filed several petitions in Orleans Parish Civil District Court during the late 1990s and early 2000s.
In 2013, the state filed a suit against Mays to establish a basis for child support. It was one of several child support suits brought against him. In all, he owes or has owed child support on five children, according to court records.
Mays reportedly fled the scene of Sunday’s shooting in a 1997 Green Chevy Lumina. He is wanted on counts of attempted first-degree murder and aggravated assault, according to police.
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