A Christmas with record-high temperatures in New Orleans also saw plenty of violence, with one homicide Friday in New Orleans and another one Saturday in Marrero, plus two traffic fatalities and a flock of shootings and armed robberies in the city.
A 26-year-old man was shot to death shortly before 10 p.m. Friday in the 300 block of North Broad Street.
Police found the man shot multiple times inside a vehicle.
The Marrero killing took place about 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the 2000 block of Tuskegee Drive. Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies found the body of a man sitting behind the driver’s wheel of a 2002 Ford Escape with its engine running. The vehicle was parked across the driveway of a vacant home.
The first traffic fatality occurred about 10 p.m. Friday at Gen. de Gaulle and Garden Oaks drives in Algiers.
New Orleans police said Jeron Wheeler, 26, of New Orleans, was traveling eastbound on Gen. de Gaulle in a 2011 Nissan Maxima when he struck a 45-year-old man who was crossing the street. Wheeler was booked on a count of vehicular homicide after he was tested for DWI.
The second traffic fatality claimed the life of a 46-year-old woman from Picayune, Mississippi, in the 22000 block of Chef Menteur Highway.
The woman was driving eastbound about 6:15 a.m. Saturday when she lost control of her Nissan Maxima, went off the roadway and struck a tree. She died at the scene. No one else was in the vehicle.
About 4:30 a.m. Friday, a man, 22, was robbed of his bag, iPhone and Apple Watch by three men “soliciting drugs” near St. Ann and Burgundy streets in the French Quarter, police said.
About 5 a.m., a man, 44, reported that his residence in the 400 block of South Lopez Street in Mid-City was burglarized by Meagan McCray, 50, who he said was armed with a Taser and a knife. Police characterized the incident as a domestic matter.
About 6:20 a.m., a 29-year-old man was robbed near Banks and South Lopez streets in Mid-City by two men. One robber, armed with a gun, grabbed the victim around the neck while the other one pulled out a knife and searched his pockets, then stabbed him, taking his wallet and cellphone before fleeing.
About 3 p.m., a woman, 31, showed up at a local hospital with a gunshot wound. No further information was available, police said, noting that she was not cooperating with their investigation and would not say where she was shot.
About 6:30 p.m., a 22-year-old woman reported that her ex-boyfriend, Brandon Winston, 28, broke into her house in the 7100 block of Bunker Hill Road in New Orleans East. A police spokesman reported on Saturday that officers were seeking an arrest warrant for Winston.
About 7:30 p.m., a man, 23, reported arguing with his girlfriend, Kasey Boatner, 25, who he said grabbed a steak knife and stabbed him in the 7600 block of Shaw Avenue in the Little Woods neighborhood of eastern New Orleans. Police said they were filing for an arrest warrant for Boatner.
About 9 p.m., a 33-year-old man was brought to a local hospital with a gunshot wound he suffered in Mid-City. He was sitting in his vehicle in the 4000 block of Tulane Avenue, a block from South Carrollton Avenue, when an unknown man shot into the car, hitting him, he said.
Shortly before 10 p.m., an unknown gunman shot at two men, ages 37 and 60, in the 9200 block of Airline Highway. The second victim was hit while in a moving vehicle. Both victims were taken to the hospital.
About 5 a.m. Saturday, two armed men entered the Ideal Market in the 3300 block of Orleans Avenue and demanded money from a 29-year-old employee.
The city’s latest armed robberies pushed December’s count to 90, crime statistics analyst Jeff Asher said. Citywide, armed robberies have topped 90 for five consecutive months.