Boyfriend arrested in woman’s fatal shooting
Jefferson Parish authorities have arrested the boyfriend of a woman shot to death Tuesday evening in unincorporated Westwego.
Jarius Cole, 19, was booked with second-degree murder and a count of attempted second-degree murder in the death of Andrea Grant, 20, and the shooting of another woman.
Deputies responded about 5:40 p.m. to reports of two people shot in the 900 block of North Claiborne Parkway and found Grant’s body in a chair outside a home on the street, said Col. John Fortunato, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.
The second victim, a 65-year-old woman, was shot once in the chest. Her condition, described as critical Tuesday night, had been upgraded Wednesday to stable, Fortunato said.
After the shooting, several people who were inside the home first told investigators that Grant was sitting outside with an unknown man when the shooting took place, Fortunato said. Witnesses also reported seeing a black vehicle heading south on North Claiborne immediately after the shooting, he said.
Witnesses later told detectives that in fact Cole was outside with Grant when the shooting happened.
Cole allegedly later confessed to investigators that he shot Grant over domestic issues.
Cole also allegedly said he tossed the gun away after the shooting. It has not been located, Fortunato said.
Investigators believe the other victim was inside her home when the gunshots were fired. It appears several projectiles came through the wall, with one of them striking her as she sat in her chair, Fortunato said.
Police seek three in Marigny carjacking
The New Orleans Police Department is trying to identify three men wanted in the carjacking of a woman Monday in Faubourg Marigny.
The 34-year-old victim had just parked her car in the 800 block of Mandeville Street around 7 p.m. when the armed men walked up and demanded her car keys and cellphone.
The car was recovered a short time later.
The suspects, who pulled up to the scene in a tan-and-gray early 2000s model GMC Yukon, were described as black men who wore dark, hooded sweatshirts and possibly dark-colored bandanas.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.
Algiers man suspected of burglarizing neighbor
Police in Algiers have arrested a man suspected of burglarizing a neighbor’s home.
Tyrone Fisher, 47, is accused of breaking into the victim’s home in the 1300 block of Teche Street on Sunday.
The victim told police he locked his home before leaving about 4:30 p.m. He returned home hours later to find his back bathroom’s window shattered and jewelry and a gun missing, police said.
As the victim searched the home, he found a pair of glasses belonging to Fisher that were not there before the burglary, police said.
Detectives obtained a warrant for Fisher’s home and found the victim’s belongings inside, police said.
A witness also told police he saw Fisher enter and later leave the home with the stolen property.
Fisher was booked with possession of stolen property, possession of a stolen firearm and simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling.
Gunfire wounds man during robbery attempt
A man was shot in the back early Wednesday morning in the St. Roch neighborhood during a robbery attempt, police said.
The shooting happened about 12:15 a.m. in the 2600 block of North Rocheblave Street.
The 25-year-old victim was shot in the back and taken to a hospital. His condition was not available.
Police said the shooting happened after the victim was approached by an unknown man.