Suspect sought in assault-rifle attack

New Orleans police have obtained an arrest warrant for a 40-year-old man accused of opening fire on an acquaintance with a high-powered assault rifle.

Shelby Williams is wanted on one count of aggravated assault in a shooting that happened Wednesday evening.

The 47-year-old victim told police he was sitting in his vehicle near the intersection of Horace and Bringier streets in Algiers when Williams walked up and attempted to spray the vehicle with bullets.

Police said the man “drove out of the area at a high rate of speed.” He was not injured.

Police investigate rape of juvenile in Gentilly

New Orleans police are investigating an aggravated rape that happened Thursday night in Gentilly.

The case involved a juvenile girl and a “known male,” police said.

It happened about 10:45 p.m. in the 4700 block of Painters Street.

Man jailed in Central City double shooting

Police arrested a 23-year-old man Thursday in connection with a double shooting this week in Central City.

James Marcelin was booked on two counts of aggravated battery by shooting, possession of marijuana and a probation violation after detectives received a Crimestoppers tip that identified him as the shooter.

The shooting, which injured two men, happened about 9:40 p.m. Sunday in the 1900 block of Third Street. Another victim received a graze wound to the leg, police said.

Investigators searched a home in the 3300 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and found Marcelin inside with ammunition, 5 grams of marijuana and more than $5,000, police said.

Coroner: Autopsy points to suicide by inmate

The autopsy of an inmate who apparently committed suicide Monday night at Orleans Parish Prison revealed no signs of defensive wounds or “other signs of trauma,” Coroner Dr. Jeffrey Rouse said Friday.

The inmate, 24-year-old Ryan Miller, was found unresponsive in an attorney visitation room, where he had been relocated after complaining to deputies that he felt suicidal.

Rouse said a “furrowed mark” was found on Miller’s neck, consistent with a metal telephone cord the inmate apparently used to hang himself. Miller was pronounced dead about 12:15 a.m. Tuesday at Interim LSU Hospital.

Rouse determined the cause of death to be asphyxia.

The autopsy was attended by the coroner, his chief pathologist and an independent forensic pathologist selected by Miller’s family, in accordance with the Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office’s new protocol for investigating in-custody deaths, Rouse said.

Police say man turns himself in over shooting

New Orleans police arrested a 45-year-old man accused of forcing himself into a woman’s Mid-City home and shooting a man.

Police say Henry Maye approached the woman about 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the 2800 block of Conti Street and tried to solicit “sexual favors for pay.”

After the woman refused and went inside her residence, police say Maye pulled out a gun and fired a round before forcing his way inside. He then shot a 49-year-old man and stood over the woman attempting to shoot her again, police said. He ran out of bullets, however, and struck the woman with his gun.

Maye later turned himself in to police.

Person of interest sought in slaying

New Orleans police are looking for a woman they say may have “critical information” about a murder last week in the French Quarter.

Investigators want to talk to Aja Doucette, 21, in connection with the shooting death of Bruce Tims.

Tims, 20, was gunned down March 21 at Bourbon and Conti streets. A 28-year-old man also was wounded but survived.

Police ask anyone with information about the shooting to call (504) 658-5400.