Two shot dead in Algiers and Central City

Two men were killed in separate incidents Wednesday night and Thursday morning in New Orleans.

In the first killing, a son went to his father’s apartment in Algiers and saw an open door. When he walked inside, he found his father, Robert Mosley, dead on the hallway floor of multiple gunshot wounds.

Officers and EMS units arrived in the 3300 block of Seine Street about 7:40 p.m. Wednesday, and Mosley, 46, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Homicide Detective Barrett Morton is leading the investigation and can be reached at (504) 658-5300.

The killing continued Thursday morning in Central City, where police found Paul Johnson, 20, on the sidewalk near the front steps of a house in the 3200 block of Second Street about 6:30 a.m.

He was suffering from multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Neighbors said Johnson was known by the nickname “Five.”

Homicide Detective Robert Bachelder is in charge of that investigation and can be reached at (504) 658-5300.

Shooting leaves man in critical condition

Sabrita Bertrand was watching one of her favorite daytime soap operas Thursday when the city’s rampant gun violence exploded just in front of her front-door steps.

As Bertrand tried to watch “The Bold and the Beautiful” at her house in the 2400 block of New Orleans Street about 12:40 p.m., she heard a barrage of shots outside her window.

An unidentified man — who Bertrand said must have been in his 20s — had been shot multiple times.

New Orleans police spokesman Officer Frank Robertson said the man was taken to a hospital, where he was in critical condition.

When Bertrand walked out of her house, she said, “My heart just got pulled.” The shooting victim’s young face made her ache.

Another neighbor said she had seen a young man run off down New Orleans Street toward the river immediately after the shooting.

Bertrand, 71, said she keeps to herself and tries not to bother anybody. She often works on puzzles in a front-porch chair, but the spasm of violence just outside her house has her reconsidering that favorite perch.

“It’s terrible. It frightens you; it makes you scared,” she said. “I ain’t sitting out here no more.”

After the shooting, officers including 5th District Cmdr. Christopher Goodly responded to the scene. Among other items, they placed two green evidence cones next to two white shoes that had been left on the street. One shoe was on its side.

Bail set for driver in fatal wedding crash

A judge on Thursday set bail at $150,000 for an Alabama man accused of killing another man with his car outside a wedding in New Orleans on July 11.

Police booked Chester Alpaugh, 34, of Vestavia Hills, on a single count of second-degree murder in connection with the crash, which they said occurred after he had some sort of a dispute with other relatives at a wedding held in a church near Broad and Pine streets about 7 p.m.

Assistant District Attorney Michael Henn said Alpaugh left the church, got into his vehicle and then crashed into several cars and the victim.

Alpaugh initially was booked on counts of negligent injuring and reckless operation of a vehicle. Those counts were upgraded to the much more serious murder count on Wednesday when the victim died at the hospital.

Public Defender Donna Weidenhaft, however, raised questions about why Alpaugh had been booked on a murder count if he had no specific intent to kill.

“Everyone in this case involved his family members,” Weidenhaft said. “If anything, this case amounts to a negligent homicide, at best a manslaughter.”

After Weidenhaft and Henn conferred with ad hoc Magistrate Judge Walter Rothschild for several minutes, he approved the defense lawyer’s request that bail be set at $150,000 instead of the $1 million prosecutors had asked for.

Armed man robs woman near City Park

A 73-year-old woman was robbed at gunpoint near City Park in New Orleans on Wednesday night.

According to New Orleans police, the mugging happened about 9 p.m. in the 800 block of North Alexander Street.

A preliminary NOPD report said the victim was approached by an armed man who demanded her purse. She gave him her bag, and he fled.

Metairie man killed in St. Tammany crash

A 37-year-old Metairie man was killed Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 12 between Lacombe and Slidell in St. Tammany Parish, State Police said. The crash occurred shortly after 1 p.m.

State Police investigators said Rahn Taylor was operating a 2007 International 18-wheeler eastbound on I-12 in the left lane. Kenneth Bacchus, 55, of New Orleans, was driving a Mack truck next to him.

Taylor’s truck had a tire failure on the right front steering axle, causing it to swerve to the right and into Bacchus’ truck. Taylor’s truck then ran off the side of the road and hit several trees.

Taylor was pronounced dead at the scene. He was wearing a seat belt, and alcohol was not suspected to be a factor in the crash.

Bacchus was not injured.