Terrytown shooting kills woman, injures man

A woman was killed and a man was in critical condition after both were shot Tuesday night in Terrytown, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

The shooting happened in the 2100 block of Esplanade Place just after 10:30 p.m. After gunshots were reported, deputies received another call about a gunshot victim inside the Brothers Food Mart in the 2000 block of Carol Sue Avenue.

Deputies arrived at the store and found a man on the floor. The 20-year-old man had walked into the store and collapsed, a store clerk told investigators.

When officers checked the man’s car in the parking lot, they found a woman who had been shot multiple times lying in the back of the car. She died at the scene. The man was taken to Interim LSU Hospital.

Homicide investigators determined both victims had been shot on Esplanade Place before arriving at the convenience store, the Sheriff’s Office said.

JPSO tries to ID woman suspected in burglaries

Jefferson Parish authorities are trying to identify a woman who is suspected in several auto burglaries on the West Bank and who might also be responsible for similar burglaries in St. Tammany Parish.

The three burglaries in Jefferson Parish happened about 7:15 p.m. Dec. 4 in a parking lot in the 800 block of Green Leaf Drive in Harvey, said Glen Boyd, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman. Each car had a window shattered and a purse removed.

Surveillance footage showed a light-colored Chrysler Town and Country or Dodge Caravan in the lot at the time.

Detectives later tracked a possible suspect, whose image was captured on bank surveillance cameras, cashing checks that were stolen during the burglary.

The unknown woman, who appears to be 25 to 35 years old, drove a gray 2013 or 2014 Nissan Altima.

Jefferson Parish detectives learned that investigators in St. Tammany Parish were looking into similar burglaries and had obtained surveillance images of the same woman in the same vehicle.

Anyone with information on the woman’s identity is asked to contact JPSO Detective Kreg Kachtik at (504) 364-5411.

N.O. man charged with embezzling $1.7 million

A New Orleans man was charged Wednesday in a federal bill of information with a count of wire fraud after he allegedly embezzled $1.7 million from his former employer to pay off gambling debts.

According to court documents, Paul Gardner, 57, operated an accounting, consulting and tax-preparation business for the past 30 years.

In October 2007, he was hired by Covelly Oil Co. as a part-time bookkeeper to prepare biweekly payroll and royalty checks for the company’s 200-plus owners. He is accused of embezzling money between August 2010 and May, when he retired.

In his role, he was responsible for paying himself, according to court documents, and sometimes increased his check by as much as $20,000.

The maximum penalty for wire fraud is 20 years in prison.

Warrant issued for man in double shooting

Police have obtained an arrest warrant for a 23-year-old man in connection with a recent double shooting in Uptown.

Byron “Black” Coleman allegedly shot the 20- and 34-year-old victims about 2:30 p.m. Dec. 3 near Gen. Taylor and South Roman streets.

Police said Coleman spoke to the victims as they sat in a car listening to music. After a brief conversation, Coleman shot the pair, who were able to drive themselves to a hospital, police said.

A warrant for two counts of attempted second-degree murder has been issued for Coleman.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

N.O. police seek IDs of three in robberies

New Orleans police are trying to identify three people wanted in a series of robberies and attacks in the French Quarter.

The three are believed to be responsible for the following robberies:

About midnight Dec. 14 in the 900 block of Toulouse Street: A 27-year-old victim was walking with a friend when they were approached by three people who pepper-sprayed both victims before hitting them in the head and taking a purse.

1 a.m. Dec. 14 in the 1000 block of Burgundy Street: The 32- and 23-year-old victims were sitting on steps when one of them was hit in the face and lost consciousness. The other victim was pepper-sprayed as one of the robbers tried to take her purse. She fought back but was hit in the face several times and then let go of her purse.

Dec. 15, no time provided, in the 800 block of Dauphine Street: Two 29-year-old victims were walking when one was hit from behind and knocked unconscious. The other victim turned around after hearing a commotion and was hit. Both victims had their wallets taken.

1:30 a.m. Dec. 15 in the 700 block of St. Philip Street: A 23-year-old man was walking when he was pushed into a fence. A second person walked up and shoved him into the fence again, causing the victim to fall to the ground. Both robbers went through the victim’s pockets and took his wallet and cellphone before running away.

Police on Wednesday released a composite sketch of one of the unknown robbers.

Anyone with information is asked to contact 8th District detectives at (504) 658-6080.

Four men booked in Braithwaite burglaries

Four men have been arrested in Plaquemines Parish on suspicion of burglarizing homes damaged during Hurricane Isaac.

The men allegedly burglarized at least four homes in Braithwaite on the parish’s east bank, said Cmdr. Eric Becnel, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

The burglary reports began to come in Dec. 1, he said. Deputies were dispatched and found evidence of burglaries near the Braithwaite Park subdivision.

Using surveillance footage, one burglary, in which copper tubing, a weed eater and several gas cans were taken, was found to have happened about 2 a.m. Nov. 17 in the 1400 block of La. 39.

Detectives used the footage to identify the suspects as Jeremiah W. Mcelroy, 40, of Knoxville, Tennessee; Brandon C. Maurice, 25, of New Orleans; Dustin A. Moneer, 22, of Strawberry Plains, Tennessee; and Terry L. Short, 45, of Westwego.

The suspects refused to cooperate with investigators after being arrested and were booked with illegal possession of stolen property.

Mcelroy, Moneer and Short also were each booked with simple burglary.

All four men remained in the custody of the Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday in lieu of $60,000 bonds.

Police seek ID of three in Quarter robbery

Police are trying to identify three men wanted in an armed robbery this week on the edge of the French Quarter.

The unknown men robbed a 40-year-old woman and two men just after midnight Tuesday in the 400 block of North Rampart Street. The men got away with a wallet, cellphone, iPad and cash.

Police on Wednesday released surveillance images of the men.

Anyone with information on their identities is asked to contact 8th District detectives at (504) 658-6080.

Surveillance image records three suspects

Police are trying to identify three of four men suspected of possessing a stolen vehicle.

The victim’s 1998 Toyota Corolla was stolen Dec. 11 from the 13700 block of North Nemours Street.

Three men were seen getting out of the car and going into a convenience store a day later in the 3400 block of Louisa Street. Police on Wednesday released a surveillance image of the men.

The car was found in a vacant lot at Louisa Street and Alja Meyers Place on Dec. 15.

Anyone with information on the identities of the men is asked to contact Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Two suspects ID’d in shooting of boy, 8

Police have identified two men suspected of shooting an 8-year-old boy over the weekend.

Cyrus Rollins, 32, and Listritus Reeder, 18, are each wanted on warrants for aggravated battery by shooting.

The men are suspected of the shooting that happened about 3 p.m. Sunday at South Rendon and Eden streets.

The men fired into a group of children playing football at the corner and then sped away, police said.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of either suspect is asked to contact 2nd District detectives at (504) 658-6020.