A man was fatally shot Thursday in the driveway of an auto repair shop on a New Orleans East highway.
Relatives of the victim, identified by a friend as 29-year-old Joshua Jackson, grieved openly in the 7500 block of Chef Menteur Highway, where the shooting occurred about 12:30 p.m.
“I just want to see my brother,” screamed a weeping man, who had to be restrained by police after sprinting out of his car and charging toward the crime scene.
The man dropped to his knees in the middle of the neutral ground, where a throng of family members consoled him.
Jackson’s body lay feet away, surrounded by red cones that marked the locations of shell casings.
New Orleans police did not provide additional information about the shooting.
A man who lived in an adjacent mobile home park said he heard about a dozen gunshots, which he said sounded as if they came from a 9 mm handgun.
The man, who spoke on condition of anonymity out of fear for his safety, said an eyewitness to the shooting told him a black Nissan Maxima and a green Chevy Silverado were seen leaving the scene.
The man said he wasn’t shocked at the killing.
“This is the East,” he said. “It’s like the wild, wild West.”
Jackson’s relatives declined to speak with a reporter.
A bystander, who also declined to be named, said he had worked with Jackson, who held various jobs in car repair.
He said Jackson had been at another auto repair shop on Chef Menteur Highway earlier in the day.
The man said Jackson had been involved in an incident about three months ago at the same auto repair shop where he was shot. On that occasion, he said, Jackson vandalized the shop and broke some of the windows.
“He shouldn’t have stopped there. He should have just kept driving down the road,” the man said.
Tyler Gamble, a spokesman for the New Orleans Police Department, said he could not confirm the earlier incident.
Those living and working in the area said crime is a constant worry.
In April 2014, 21-year-old Dion Johnson was gunned down at a car wash a few blocks away in the 7200 block of Chef Menteur Highway.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.
Staff writer Ben Oreskes contributed to this report.