One man was found shot to death in a house on Montegut Street and another was found wounded around the corner on North Derbigny Street in the St. Claude neighborhood Sunday afternoon, New Orleans police said.
Police were first alerted about 12:45 p.m. about a shooting victim who was lying on the porch of a house in the 3000 block of North Derbigny. The 35-year-old man was taken to the hospital for treatment of multiple gunshot wounds, said Officer Garry Flot, a New Orleans Police Department spokesman.
As they continued to investigate, police learned that another shooting victim was inside a blue house around the corner in the 1600 block of Montegut Street, Flot said. That man, also 35, was dead when officers found him, Flot said.
Several neighbors watching the investigation said they did not hear any gunshots and were drawn to the shooting scene by the large police presence.
“No shots, no nothing,” said one man who walked over upon seeing the police arrive. “My kids play around here. That’s why I’m trying to find out what’s going on. It had to be inside, I guess, because nobody heard any shots.”
Family members arrived at the shooting scene, weeping openly as they shared the news of the man’s death with one another. One woman, who identified herself as the slain man’s aunt but declined to give her name, said he had three children.
“He’s just a nice person,” she said. “He’d give his last to anybody. That’s all I know.”
The house where the man was found is two doors down from the Deliverance Temple Church of God in Christ, which had a 3 p.m. service scheduled to celebrate the pastor’s 22nd year there.
Church leaders helped parishioners and a visiting choir from Pattison, Mississippi, park amid the crowd of police vehicles, and mothers carrying large dishes covered in foil steered children laden with strawberry and pineapple soda past the crime scene.
The pastor, Elder Frank Belton Jr., said the house where the dead man was found is owned by a couple who attended the church years ago but who moved to Texas after Hurricane Katrina and never returned.
He doesn’t know the younger people who live at the house now, he said, but the little street along the railroad tracks has generally been peaceful.
“I don’t have any trouble here. That’s why the church is here,” Belton said. “I’m surprised that it happened.”