A man who was shot at a New Orleans East apartment complex Friday afternoon, receiving what police described at the time as “non-life-threatening wounds,” has died, according to Orleans Parish Coroner Jeffrey Rouse’s office.
But police say the fatal shooting of Nichlous Warren, 31, is likely to be deemed justified. They said Warren used a knife to attack the manager of the apartment complex where he lived, in the 6200 block of Chef Menteur Highway. The manager shot him in apparent self-defense, police said.
Warren died Friday, a few hours after he was shot.
The Coroner’s Office released Warren’s name and another Monday night, along with three others Tuesday who recently fell victim to gun violence in the city.
All of the victims died Friday or over the weekend. One of them was shot on Jan. 5, however, and died four days later.
The victim in that case, Jazzmine Marks, 23, had been walking in the 800 block of Sumner Street about 10 p.m. with a 20-year-old man when several gunmen pulled up in a gray or silver Buick sedan and opened fire, according to police reports. Marks was struck in the abdomen and taken to Interim LSU Hospital, Rouse said. She died Friday.
Also on Friday, officers responded to a “man down” about 2:30 a.m. in the 1100 block of Louisa Street. Joseph Smith, 34, died at the scene from a gunshot wound to the head.
Later the same day, about 1 p.m., Donald Young, 27, was shot inside a car at L.B. Landry Avenue and Gen. de Gaulle Drive in Algiers, police said. Young’s 2-year-old son, who was in the car, was uninjured.
On Sunday, officers responded to another fatal shooting on the West Bank, finding 39-year-old Timothy Williams unresponsive at Gen. Meyer and Mansfield avenues. Williams suffered a gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
Frank Robertson, an NOPD spokesman, said detectives are still investigating all of the deaths.
The recent violence brings the number of murders recorded in January to as few as seven or as many as nine, depending on whether Warren’s killing and a recent fatal shooting by New Orleans police are deemed justified. At this point in 2014, the city had recorded three murders, Robertson said.
The fatal shooting by police occurred Jan. 7, when Omarr Jackson, 37, was shot in the buttocks and died a few hours later. Authorities have said that the officer was fired on first by Jackson and that they expect the shooting will be deemed justified. The incident was recorded on the officer’s body camera, although police have not yet released the tape.
For now, the matter has simply been classified as a homicide.
The New Orleans Advocate reported last week that the city had 150 murders in 2014, a slight decrease from 2013, when there were 156 murders.
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