Father of three shot to death in Kenner
Police are looking for clues in the killing of a 42-year-old Kenner father of three who was gunned down in front of his family’s home late Wednesday night.
Cornel Woods, 42, was shot in the 900 block of 27th Street in Kenner about 11:15 p.m. He died at a hospital.
Herbert Lipscomb, 52, said he had just left a house across the street where he was working when he saw a wounded Woods stumble around his white Ford F-150, which was parked in the driveway of his mother’s house.
“I’ve been shot! Call the police!” Woods shouted. Lipscomb said he called 911.
As he was dying, Woods pointed to where he had been shot below his heart.
His mother, Louise Woods, said her son had returned to Kenner about a year ago after moving to Texas after Hurricane Katrina.
Cornel Woods had three boys ages 12 to 16, his mother said. She said he was a hard-working handyman who always kept a job and could do a little bit of everything, including painting, hanging sheetrock and installing flooring.
She said she was enjoying finally having her son back under her own roof.
“We loved him very much,” she said, her voice cracking.
Kenner Police Department spokesman Lt. Brian McGregor said investigators are looking for a single killer but had no motive or suspect to announce.
“We know there were other people out there last night that saw what occurred that haven’t come forward,” McGregor said. He urged witnesses to call Detective Vincent Miranti at (504) 712-2330 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.
Man shot Wednesday night in Algiers
A 29-year-old man was shot at Horace and De Armas streets in Algiers about 8 p.m. Wednesday by the unknown occupants of a silver vehicle, New Orleans police said.
Police said the shooters pulled up to the intersection and started firing. The victim was taken to a hospital, but police offered no word on his condition in a preliminary offense log.
Man accused of striking, robbing victim
A man who police said struck and robbed a victim in St. Roch on Wednesday night has been arrested and booked on a count of aggravated battery.
Police said they believe Kerry Lewis, 51, struck the victim with an object from behind in the 1700 block of Elysian Fields Avenue until the victim was forced to the ground. Lewis then filched money from the victim’s pockets and fled on foot.
Police picked him up not far away a short time later, they said, and the victim identified Lewis as his assailant.
A judge set bail for Lewis at $20,000 on Thursday.
Taxi driver robbed at gunpoint in Algiers
A taxi driver who drove two men from the 2400 block of Tulane Avenue to Algiers about 11 p.m. Wednesday was rewarded with a gun to his head.
Police said that after arriving at Jennifer Street and Maumus Avenue, the two robbers put a gun to the cabbie’s head and forced him to hand over $15.
Cops: Five arrested in various retail thefts
Five people were arrested on retail theft counts in a series of stings last week involving the New Orleans Police Department and Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office. All the suspects bought stolen property and then sold it out of their storefronts, police said.
Undercover investigations led to the arrests of Soliman Attia, 30, and Mohammad Ayyad, 31, for organized retail theft at the Family Farmers Market at 2541 N. Claiborne Ave. on Sept. 30, police said.
A detective nabbed Jehad Kandous, 40, and Inell Jerome, 47, for the same alleged crime the same day at the Quicky’s Discount Market at 1535 Franklin Ave.
Finally, Abedalhadi Malkawi, 28, was arrested on Oct. 1 for organized retail theft that police said occurred at the Crowder Center Gas Station at 5769 Crowder Blvd. and Read Supermarket at 7045 Read Blvd.
Three people cut in separate incidents
Three people were stabbed in separate incidents in New Orleans on Wednesday and Thursday.
Police arrested Tenecius Williams, 21, and accused him of stabbing a 24-year-old man in the 2300 block of Piety Street in the Upper 9th Ward about 3 p.m. Wednesday. The victim had reportedly attempted to intervene in a fight between Williams and his girlfriend.
Next, Danielle Gilbert, 44, was arrested about 11:30 p.m. in the 2900 block of Preston Place in Algiers after stabbing her 54-year-old uncle several times with a box cutter after a fight, police said. A judge set her bail at $15,000 on Thursday.
A man who invited two women to his hotel room in the 200 block of Poydras Street said he noticed his money was missing about 3:30 a.m. One of the women then stabbed him, police said in a preliminary log.
The women reportedly fled in a dark-colored BMW with a Texas license plate.