Man found shot to death inside car

Neighbors said they never heard a sound. But about 5 a.m. Friday, police discovered the lifeless body of a man who had been shot in the head inside a car in an empty New Orleans East lot.

Authorities have not identified the man, whose body was discovered inside a gray Toyota Corolla in the 4600 block of America Street, nor have they announced any suspects or possible motive in the killing.

The closest buildings to the grassy lot are two abandoned houses.

Cora Monroe, 67, who lives in a house facing the lot, said she recalled seeing the car there about 9 p.m. Thursday. She and her sister had been up late in the evening, but she never heard a gunshot or saw any movement around the car, she said.

Monroe said her sister was awakened early Friday morning by the lights from police vehicles. Detectives asked them a few questions and then moved on.

Police did not give any indication of who called 911, and Monroe said she was stumped by the killing. No relatives came to the scene after police arrived, she said, and as far as she knew, the victim did not live near America Street.

“If it was anybody around the neighborhood, their peoples would have come,” said a neighbor who declined to give his name.

That neighbor said that he, too, did not hear any gunshots. The lot is sometimes used by young men as a place to smoke marijuana, he said, but has not been the source of serious trouble.

“Don’t know who it is, but I pray for him because he was a human,” Monroe said.

Man pleads not guilty in shooting of deputy

The man accused of shooting a Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy during an early morning raid last month pleaded not guilty in federal court Friday morning.

Jarvis Hardy entered his plea and said nothing else during the short court appearance, WWL-TV reported.

The man Hardy is accused of shooting inside his Lower 9th Ward house, meanwhile, remains in critical but stable condition at a hospital, Col. John Fortunato, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office, said.

Deputy Stephen Arnold was shot five times while working as a federally deputized agent as part of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration team serving an arrest warrant on Hardy on Jan. 26.

Hardy was indicted Feb. 5 on counts of attempted murder of a federal agent, discharge of a firearm during a crime of violence and drug trafficking, possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and distribution of crack cocaine.

Two men shot while playing ball in park

Two men in their 20s were shot Thursday night while playing ball in a New Orleans park, police said.

An unidentified shooter opened fire at the park at Chippewa and Third streets about 6 p.m.

Both victims were taken to a hospital. There was no word on the severity of their wounds.

Man shot Friday morning in Metairie

A man was shot multiple times while standing in the 400 block of North Laurel Street in Metairie shortly before 11:30 a.m. Friday, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

Col. John Fortunato said the victim ran to the 200 block of North Laurel Street before collapsing. He was taken to a hospital, where he is in guarded condition.

Investigators said they are looking for a heavyset man who ran from the scene after the shooting.

Man stabbed Thursday in New Orleans East

Police said a Thursday night fight in New Orleans East ended with one man stabbing another.

They said Alan Dominguez, 36, stabbed a 47-year-old man with a knife after an argument about 7 p.m. in the 13900 block of Curran Boulevard. He was arrested on the scene.

Gentilly carjackers were not just ‘playing’

After a man demanded a woman get out of a vehicle in the 5100 block of Music Street just before 11 p.m. Thursday, police said, she asked him if he was “playing.”

The man pulled out a revolver, another carjacker appeared and the woman complied.

The robbers fled in the woman’s 2012 blue Toyota Corolla.