Coroner: ’03 shooting eventually killed man
The Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office has classified as a homicide the July death of a New Orleans man who died from wounds he received in a 2003 shooting, police said Friday.
Dr. Jeffrey Rouse, the coroner, said Tommy Brooks, 31, died July 29 from wounds he incurred in a Sept. 20, 2003, shooting in the 2900 block of Dryades Street. Brooks was shot several times and left paralyzed.
Despite the long gap between the shooting and Brooks’ death, police believe they have a suspect. On the same night as the shooting, they said, 16-year-old Alonzo Barnes — now 29 — was booked on attempted second-degree murder. Homicide detectives are now conferring with the District Attorney’s Office on whether to bring murder charges against Barnes, police said.
It was not immediately clear whether Barnes was convicted of the shooting. A Police Department spokesman said that if he was, the conviction would be part of his juvenile record.
Brooks was a lifelong New Orleanian who also attended the Career Point Institute in San Antonio, according to an obituary.
Such delayed determinations of homicide are unusual but not unprecedented.
Two brothers sought in fatal shooting
New Orleans police have obtained arrest warrants for Terrell Monroe, 28, and his brother, Michael Monroe, 30, in the Nov. 25 fatal shooting of Central City resident Joe Dorsey, 46.
Dorsey was shot several times at South Liberty Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. He died at a hospital.
Shortly after his death, police released surveillance photos of two men standing in a nearby convenience store and described them as persons of interest in the shooting. Police Department spokesman Officer Frank Robertson said those images depicted the Monroes.
Dorsey had four children, according to relatives.
Elderly man burned in Broadmoor fire
Eight people escaped from a fire in the 4600 block of South Claiborne Avenue about 3 a.m. Friday, the New Orleans Fire Department said.
One of them, an elderly, wheelchair-bound man, was treated for burns and smoke inhalation at a hospital. A man and a woman also suffered cuts while fleeing the fire, according to Fire Department spokesman Capt. Edwin Holmes. Five residents escaped unharmed.
Holmes said the fire was caused by a portable space heater in a basement apartment.
FBI arrests N.O. man in kidnapping of girl
FBI agents arrested a man in Mid-City on Thursday on an allegation of kidnapping a 14-year-old girl from Michigan and taking her to Houston.
Local FBI spokesman Craig Betbeze said Jacob Israel Chox, 21, was taken into custody about 8 a.m. Thursday after weeks of surveillance. The arrest came as a result of an investigation involving the FBI, the NOPD, Michigan State Police and the Covert Township Police Department, of Michigan.
Covert Police Chief Joseph Allen said Chox and another man lured the girl to a gas station in Michigan on Nov. 4 after phone and Facebook conversations. From there, Allen said, they drove her to Houston.
The girl was found in Houston in good condition Wednesday, Allen said.
Authorities are still investigating why the girl was taken to Houston, and more charges may be coming, Allen said.
Chox, who Allen said was a New Orleans native, is being held in the Orleans Parish jail on a Michigan fugitive warrant.
False bomb threats target N.O. police
New Orleans police received two telephoned bomb threats Thursday morning, according to an NOPD log of major offenses.
Police said a man called about 7:30 a.m. to claim that he was in a white van on North Rocheblave Street with bombs in the van and that he would shoot up a police station. No bombs were found at the location, police said.
An hour later, someone called to say he had put a bomb near NOPD headquarters at 715 S. Broad St. Police searched the area and again failed to find explosives.
Another bomb threat also targeted police headquarters several weeks ago. Police believe all the incidents are related but have not identified a suspect.
NOPD social workers to aid rape victims
The New Orleans Police Department said Friday that it has hired three full-time social workers to aid victims of sexual assault. Police said the social workers will be trained to respond with detectives directly to crime scenes and to offer support to victims throughout an investigation.
Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux issued a scathing report in November 2014 about the department’s handling of rape investigations. In the wake of that report, a task force convened by Mayor Mitch Landrieu recommended the hiring of the social workers to work as civilian employees within the department, among other measures.
Police said they still plan to hire three civilian investigators to work with the sex crimes and child abuse units. They plan to fill those positions by early 2016.
Coroner identifies homicide victim
The victim of a shooting Wednesday morning in Algiers was identified Friday as Shannon Williams, 45. Williams was shot in the 1200 block of Belleville Street.
Neighbors said they heard several shots and found Williams lying near a telephone pole on the street.