Suspect in double murder surrenders
A suspect wanted in a Monday night double murder in a New Orleans East apartment complex surrendered Thursday and was booked on two counts of first-degree murder, police said.
An arrest warrant was issued Wednesday for Ahmad Rainey, 33, in the slayings of Daniel Millon and Vernon Lewis, both 24. Police found the pair lying beside motorcycles inside the Hidden Lake Apartments in the 7000 block of Martin Drive. Both died at the scene.
Based on witness statements, police said Rainey’s girlfriend, 27-year-old Gilda Woodridge, helped him orchestrate the killings. Woodridge turned herself in to police Wednesday. She was not cooperating with authorities, police said then.
Woodridge was booked on two counts of being a principal to first-degree murder and a count of simple criminal damage to property.
She appeared Thursday in Magistrate Court, where her bail was set at $701,000, court records show.
Rainey was booked shortly after 1 p.m. Thursday.
Man shot to death in New Orleans East
A 34-year-old man died after a shooting early Thursday in New Orleans East.
The man was shot in the upper body about 1:20 a.m. in the 9700 block of Lake Forest Boulevard, police said. He was transported to a hospital, where he died.
The man’s name was withheld pending notification of his family.
NOPD Homicide Detective Clinton Givens is in charge of the investigation and can be reached at (504) 658-5300.
Coroner identifies shooting victim
Dr. Jeffrey Rouse, the Orleans Parish coroner, has identified the victim of a fatal shooting on Elysian Fields Avenue on Wednesday.
Rouse said Lance Celestine, 37, was the man killed by gunfire.
Police said another man, 32, also was shot and was in the hospital in critical condition.
Both were shot about 6:30 p.m. in the 1700 block of Elysian Fields.
Police say man cut Wednesday in Quarter
A 36-year-old man was stabbed during a scuffle Wednesday afternoon in the French Quarter, according to police.
The incident took place about 2 p.m. at St. Louis and Dauphine streets. Police classified the incident as an aggravated battery by cutting.
The nature of the injuries to the victim, who took himself to the hospital, was unknown.
Man shot Wednesday on Marrero street
A man was shot in the 1800 block of Betty Street in Marrero about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.
The victim’s wounds were not believed to be life-threatening.
Three armed robberies reported in N.O.
An armed man barged through the back door of a McDonald’s restaurant on St. Charles Avenue early Thursday morning, ordering a manager to open a safe, police said.
Just what the man stole during the robbery, which took place shortly after 3 a.m. in the 3300 block of St. Charles, was unclear in an initial report. The robber fled, police said.
In a separate incident, two armed men robbed a Family Dollar store in New Orleans East late Wednesday, police said. The robbery took place at the store in the 11900 block of the North Interstate 10 Service Road about 9:15 p.m.
Also, a 25-year-old man was robbed early Thursday in Algiers after an armed man got out of a gray vehicle and demanded unspecified property, police said.
The robber fled after the robbery, which occurred about 1:45 a.m. in the 1900 block of Pace Boulevard. Police did not say what type of weapon was used.