A 9 mm shell casing found near the scene of an armed robbery in Carrollton this week was evidence of how close the victim came to far worse harm, New Orleans police said.
A robber’s gun jammed twice during the stick-up, police believe, but fired the third time. That shot missed the victim as he fled.
Officials are now seeking help in solving the robbery, which happened about 6:45 a.m. Wednesday near Pine and Sycamore streets.
The victim told police he was in his truck when an unknown man approached him, demanding money and his car keys. A second robber stood nearby, according to authorities.
The victim handed over his money and keys. But at some point during the encounter, 2nd District Lt. Jennifer Dupree said, the first robber tried to shoot at the victim. That’s when the gun jammed twice.
“The victim flees out the passenger side of his truck and runs,” Dupree said. “When he takes off, the perpetrator fires one round at him, missing him.”
A neighbor across the street had noticed the commotion by this point and snapped a photo of the gun-wielding robber, police said.
Dupree acknowledged that the photo shows only the robber’s back. But she hopes the man’s distinctive clothing — a gray, long-sleeved shirt with a yellow, long-sleeved shirt over his face — will help someone provide detectives with a lead.
Immediately after the robbery, police said, the robbers fled in a small, black sedan driven by a third man.
Fifteen minutes after that first incident, Dupree said, the robbers hit again on Sycamore Street. A man walking his dog was robbed of his cellphone.
Police described the robber with the gun in the first incident as a black male, 6 feet tall, weighing 200 pounds, wearing the gray and yellow shirts as well as jeans.
His accomplice was described as a black male, 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing 120 pounds with dark-colored clothing and medium-length dreadlocks.
The driver of the sedan, police said, was a black male, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and 160 pounds.
Authorities asked anyone with information on the robberies to call the 2nd District investigative unit at (504) 658-6020 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.
In an incident Friday morning, police reported that a man was robbed at gunpoint near Treme by three men who fired a shot at him before fleeing.
The victim, 43, was near Henriette DeLille Street and Esplanade Avenue about 5 a.m. when three men, one of them with a gun, approached him and demanded his belongings, according to a police log.
The victim handed over his phone, keys and backpack. But when he turned to leave, the robbers fired one round before fleeing in a dark-colored sedan, police said.
The Police Department did not respond when asked whether detectives believe that robbery was connected to the Carrollton holdups.