Gravely wounded and unable to speak, the victim of a shooting last week in New Orleans East helped police identify his alleged assailant with a handwritten message, police said.

Police said at a 7th District Comstat meeting Tuesday that they went to the hospital bedside of the victim of that midday shooting in the 6000 block of Chef Menteur Highway so he could name a suspect, whom they identified as Danny Dillon Sr., 31.

The pair’s bloody dispute began weeks earlier, said Officer Garry Flot, an NOPD spokesman, when Dillon robbed the 52-year-old man at gunpoint.

Flot said Dillon and the victim got into an argument outside an apartment complex on March 27. Dillon then pulled out a pistol, robbed the man of his cellphone and struck him on his head, Flot said.

Police started looking for Dillon in March, but he eluded their grasp.

On May 7, police said, Dillon returned to the same street. Again he produced a gun. This time, police said, he fired it. The victim was shot in the head and was taken to the hospital, where he is listed in stable but guarded condition.

Police have issued a warrant for Dillon’s arrest on a count of attempted murder. Seventh District detectives are investigating the case and can be reached at (504) 658-6070.