A man shot to death in New Orleans East on Saturday had warned his family that someone was trying to kill him, according to a police report.
Police said that officers responding to a report of a shooting just after 2:30 a.m. Saturday found Louis Monroe, 52, dead on the lawn in front of his family’s house in the 4300 block of Dale Street.
The report said that Monroe was lying face up, wearing black pants and a Saints jacket, but no shoes.
Paramedics and detectives could not find any gunshot wounds on Monroe’s body or blood on the scene, according to the report. The Coroner’s Office said Thursday, however, that an autopsy had determined that Monroe's death was a homicide by shooting.
That determination brings the number of murders so far this year to nine. All the victims have been men killed in shootings.
It’s not clear how the wounds were overlooked on the crime scene. Jason Melancon, a spokesman for the Coroner’s Office, refused to say how many times Monroe had been shot or where he was shot.
As officers surveyed the scene they found a vehicle registered to Monroe with bullet holes in the passenger side doors parked in the driveway, according to the police report.
They also spoke to Monroe’s sister. The report says she told detectives that her brother “had a drug problem for many years.”
The house where Monroe was shot had once been owned by their father but had been abandoned in the years since his death, she said. Monroe had slept there from time to time.
The woman also told an officer that Monroe “kept telling the family that someone was trying to kill him,” according to the report.
The report states that family members “had no idea what Mr. Monroe was talking about.”
Monroe’s family could not be reached for comment. Police have not identified any suspects in his killing.