Man shot to death in Lower 9th Ward

A man was fatally shot late Saturday morning in the Lower 9th Ward, according to Officer Hilal Williams, a spokeswoman for the New Orleans Police Department.

Williams said police were dispatched about 11:30 a.m. to Marais and Lizardi streets, where they found a 21-year-old man with multiple gunshot wounds to the body.

She said the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

A handgun was found under the man’s body, Williams said.

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Teenager shot, injured Friday in N.O. East

A teenager was injured in a shooting Friday evening in New Orleans East, according to Officer Frank Robertson, a spokesman for the New Orleans Police Department.

Robertson said a 16-year-old was shot about 9 p.m. in the 4700 block of Francis Drive.

The victim was transported to a hospital in stable condition, Robertson said.

Man to get 10 years for gun, drug charges

A New Orleans man pleaded guilty Friday to drug and gun charges, according to Chris Bowman, a spokesman for the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office.

Bowman said Drexter Jones, 36, will be sentenced to 10 years in prison for possession with the intent to distribute heroin and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Jones was convicted of possessing heroin in 2004.

Detectives found seven foils of heroin and a loaded .40-caliber Glock handgun in Jones’ home in the 1800 block of North Roman Street while executing a search warrant in October, according to Bowman. Detectives served the warrant after they said they saw Jones engage in a hand-to-hand narcotics transaction with an unknown individual on the porch.

In his plea, the defendant reserved his right to challenge the constitutionality of the law prohibiting convicted felons from possessing a firearm. The District Attorney’s Office said it will defend the constitutionality of the statute.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Karen Lansden and Reed Poole.

Jones will be sentenced May 16, Bowman said.