Kenner police said Tuesday they have questioned a man whose gold-colored Ford Taurus was seen leaving the scene of a double homicide in Kenner on Monday morning, but they have not named any suspects in the case.
Police Chief Michael Glaser confirmed that a “person of interest” had been interviewed in connection with the fatal shooting of Dawn Scott, 28, and Raynell Kimbrough, 31, in an apartment bedroom where their infant daughter also was sleeping.
The killings left both victims’ families reeling and spurred Crimestoppers to double the reward for information in the case to $5,000.
Police said they were still struggling with a dearth of information in the case, but they did release some additional details at a news conference Tuesday.
Glaser said the man police interviewed was an acquaintance of Scott and Kimbrough from Avondale. After receiving tips about the man’s vehicle, police were able to track him down and question him.
A neighbor, Jessica Marchan, said the acquaintance occasionally stayed at the apartment where the couple had been living for the past month, in the 2100 block of Idaho Avenue.
Glaser declined to say whether the man had cooperated with police. Late Monday night, Glaser said, the man was released into the custody of the state Department of Public Safety and Corrections’ Probation and Parole division on an unrelated violation.
“If we have a person giving us information of a vehicle leaving a homicide scene, we’re interested in the driver of that car,” Glaser said. “At this point, until he’s eliminated as a person of interest or is actually a suspect, he’s going to remain a person of interest.”
Though police still have relatively little information, they said they believe there was no forced entry into the house. “It makes you believe that someone was let in, or gained the access — either an open door or knew the victims,” Glaser said.
Officers also believe an argument occurred inside the residence the night before the shooting. Glaser said detectives were still trying to “piece together” the nature of the disagreement.
The next morning, three children were inside the apartment, along with Scott and Kimbrough. Scott’s 10-year-old son heard gunshots inside the apartment and walked into his mother’s upstairs bedroom to find her dead. He ran for help to a neighbor, who called police shortly before 7 a.m.
“The 10-year-old was interviewed,” Glaser said. “As you would expect, he was in some type of shock. So he was struggling with the whole incident.”
The Department of Children and Family Services placed all three children in the state’s custody. Their grandmother, Ellen Scott, said a court hearing on their custody status has been set for Thursday morning.
Anyone with information on the killings is asked to call Detective Harold Pendergast at (504) 712-2226 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.