Man shoots his brother after argument in Irish Channel, then tells friend, ‘I’ll see you in heaven,’ police say _lowres

Solomon Banks

A man accused of shooting his brother to death after an argument in the Irish Channel on Sunday night gave a quick and blunt confession to an acquaintance, New Orleans police said in a warrant.

“I just killed my brother,” the man said, according to the warrant. “I love you. I’ll see you in heaven.”

The suspect, Solomon Banks, sat in Criminal District Court on Monday as Magistrate Judge Harry Cantrell ordered him held on $350,000 bail. Police said they booked him on a second-degree murder count after he fled the scene of the fatal shooting with a revolver in his hand.

Investigators gave no hint of the nature of the argument between Solomon Banks, 51, and his brother, Sammie Banks, 61.

The suspect spoke in court only to say that he made $9 an hour doing professional work.

Police said the argument happened just after 5 p.m. in the 3300 block of Annunciation Street, where a neighbor who did not give his name said the two brothers lived together in the same house.

Police said several witnesses offered testimony about the confrontation.

Police believe that Solomon Banks fired several shots and struck his brother once in the chest. An ambulance took Sammie Banks to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead about an hour later.

Solomon Banks, meanwhile, fled to the 1800 block of Second Street, where he was arrested, according to a warrant written by Homicide Detective Theo Kent.

Police said the firearm he had with him matched a cartridge casing found at the scene of the shooting.

After Banks was read his rights, according to police, he gave a direct confession: “I shot my brother.”