Victim in Wednesday shooting dies, and other area police news _lowres

Carlos Fleming

Victim in Wednesday shooting dies

A victim in a double shooting that happened early Wednesday morning in the Desire neighborhood died Saturday morning at University Hospital, according to John Gagliano, chief investigator for the Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office.

Gagliano identified the man as Shawn Berry, 20.

According to police, Berry was one of two men shot at about 4 a.m. Wednesday at Almonaster Avenue and Higgins Boulevard. The other victim was reported to be in stable condition.

St. Roch shooting victim is identified

A man who was shot to death by a masked assailant Friday morning in St. Roch was identified Saturday as Paul Spooner, 31, by the Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office.

According to police, a masked man shot Spooner on the porch of a house in the 2200 block of North Derbigny Street.

Spooner suffered multiple gunshot wounds. He ran to the 1700 block of Mandeville Street before he collapsed and died, police said.

Man shot Friday night in Gentilly

A man was shot Friday night in Gentilly, according to Officer Garry Flot, a spokesman for the New Orleans Police Department.

Flot said the man was shot about 10 p.m. at Elysian Fields and Mirabeau avenues. No additional information was available

Three shot Saturday in two incidents

Three people were shot Saturday in two separate incidents in New Orleans, according to Officer Garry Flot, a Police Department spokesman.

He said two people were shot about 7:30 a.m. in the 4500 block of Chef Menteur Highway in Gentilly Woods. Both victims were shot in the arm.

According to Flot, the second shooting occurred in the 3900 block of Louisiana Avenue Parkway about 1:30 p.m. He said a man was shot multiple times but that his injuries were not life-threatening.

Man fabricates carjacking to hide affair

A Marrero man was arrested Friday night after he filed a false police report of a carjacking in order to hide from his fiancee the fact that he was having sex with another woman, according to Col. John Fortunato, a spokesman for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Fortunato said Carlos Fleming, 50, told investigators he had been forced out of his truck Friday evening at gunpoint while at a business in the 2500 block of Lapalco Boulevard in Harvey. He said that after he had been driven a short distance, he was let out of his truck. He told investigators he then flagged down a taxi and returned to Marrero, where he told his fiancee what had happened, Fortunato said.

However, according to Fortunato, Fleming later told investigators that his carjacking story was a lie. He said he had actually been in the Lincolnshire neighborhood with a woman when a man entered the bedroom, stole his wallet and drove away in his truck. Fortunato said Fleming told deputies he fabricated the account in order to keep his fiancee from learning about his activity with the other woman.

Fleming was booked on one count of false swearing, Fortunato said. He said Fleming has previous arrests for cocaine possession, resisting an officer, burglary and theft.