One person died in a double shooting late Monday in the Upper 9th Ward, New Orleans police said. It is the city's first reported homicide of 2018, coming less than 24 hours into the New Year.
Shortly after 11 p.m., officers responded to a shooting in the 3300 block of North Miro Street. Two victims were found shot at the scene, the New Orleans Police Department said in a news release.
One man was shot in the back and died after being transported to an area hospital, police said.
The second victim, a 25-year-old man, arrived at a hospital by private conveyance after suffering a gunshot wound to the leg.
The slain victim’s name and age have not been released.
Police asked anyone with information in the double shooting to contact NOPD homicide detective Leonard Bendy at 504-658-5300 or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.
In other recent matters involving local law enforcement authorities:
• New Orleans police said they probed at least two armed robberies on Monday, one of which involved a gun and the other of which involved a knife.
The first was reported about 9 a.m. in the 1300 block of France Street in the St. Claude neighborhood. Police said a 25-year-old man was robbed of his property, including his wallet and cellphone, at gunpoint by two men who approached him while he was near his car.
In the other case, a man entered a store in the 11900 block of North Interstate 10 Service Road in New Orleans East and stole a bag full of merchandise about 4 p.m., police said. At one point, police said, the robber swung a knife at a 25-year-old man who tried to stop the robber from leaving the store. It did not appear the 25-year-old man was physically injured during the incident.
• About 12:55 p.m., New Orleans police said, a man reported being raped by two men. The address provided by police in a preliminary log of offenses reported Monday said the complaint was filed in the 400 block of North Rampart Street.
• Tongue in cheek, Slidell police on Tuesday said they had issued an arrest warrant for Queen Elsa of Disney's movie "Frozen" after temperatures dipped below freezing for the second day this week.
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