3 shootings reported Saturday in N.O.

New Orleans police reported three shootings in the city Saturday.

Shortly after 1 a.m., a 29-year-old man was shot several times inside a vehicle on Interstate 10 eastbound near the Orleans Avenue exit. Police said the gunfire came from another vehicle. The victim was transported to the hospital in critical condition.

Just after 7 a.m., an unidentified man was shot in the 1900 block of Sixth Street. The victim was taken to the hospital.

About 3:30 p.m., a 47-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to the shoulder and back in the 6400 block of Isadore Street in Algiers. He was taken to the hospital.

Police offered no further details about any of the shootings.

Eight charged with robbing drug dealers

Eight people have been charged with robbing area drug dealers and one has been charged with the murder of a witness, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite announced Friday.

Gregory Denson, 52; Corey Denson, 31; Carl Singleton, 30; Joe Lee Miller, 30; Quincy Jynes, 27; Bridgett Miles, 44; Escarlita Carmouche, 48; and Annette Robinson, 37, all of New Orleans, were charged in a 14-count superseding indictment.

All the defendants were charged with conspiracy to violate the Hobbs Act, which prohibits interference with interstate commerce through violence. Gregory Denson, Corey Denson, Miller, Jynes and Singleton also were charged with various robberies and weapons offenses.

Gregory Denson was charged with murdering someone to stop that individual from providing information to law enforcement authorities about Denson’s activities. Miller and Jynes were charged with helping to dispose of the body.

Man carjacked and robbed in Bywater

A 19-year-old man was robbed of his wallet, cellphone and car near Poland Avenue and Chartres Street by a man with a sawed-off shotgun.

The crime occurred about 10 a.m. Friday.

Man shot Friday in eastern New Orleans

Just before 11 a.m. Friday, a 30-year-old man at Read Boulevard and the North I-10 Service Road heard gunshots followed by a car speeding off and realized he had been shot. He was taken to a hospital by private conveyance.

Woman robbed at Chef Menteur home

A woman, 27, said she was beaten and robbed at her home in the 7200 block of Chef Menteur Highway about 4 p.m. Friday by a female visitor looking for her child’s father. The two women argued, police said, and the visitor struck and beat the victim, stole her purse and fled.

Police are looking for Iriell Stevenson, 24, in connection with the incident.

Rape reported Friday in French Quarter

Just before midnight Friday, a woman reported that she had been sexually assaulted in the 600 block of Decatur Street.

18-year-old woman stabbed in Quarter

About 4 a.m. Saturday, two women got into an argument in the 700 block of St. Louis Street.

One woman stabbed an 18-year-old woman with a knife. The victim was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Grand Isle man pleads guilty in mail fraud

U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite said Ronnie P. Vedros, 52, of Grand Isle, was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to one count of mail fraud.

U.S. District Judge Lance M. Africk sentenced Vedros to 41 months in prison. He also was ordered to pay $30,173 in restitution.

According to court documents, Vedros submitted an application to the Gulf Coast Claims Facility after the 2010 explosion and oil spill at the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. He claimed to have lost earnings as a commercial fisherman and engineer as a result of the oil spill and provided documentation to prove his loss.

In reality, as set forth in the factual basis for his plea, he was neither a commercial fisherman nor employed as an engineer at the time of the disaster and his documentation had been falsified. As a result of his false application, he received about $30,000 to which he was not entitled.

The case was brought as part of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s partnership with the National Center for Disaster Fraud, a nationwide initiative to protect available funds and assistance for victims of both natural and manmade disasters such as hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and the recent Gulf oil spill.