Two arrested after fatal Gretna shooting, and other area crime news _lowres

Kenneth Lyons

Two arrested after fatal Gretna shooting

Two people have been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting Friday night that claimed the life of a teenager in Gretna.

Gretna police said they had booked Kenneth Lyons, 25, on counts of first-degree murder and possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute it.

Police allege Lyons shot and killed 17-year-old Charles Smith Jr., of Harvey, near Pratt and Romaine streets shortly before 10:30 p.m. Friday.

Police said in an arrest report that they found Smith dead of several gunshot wounds to the head. Next to his body were a black handgun and broken glass from a car window.

Police believe Smith and a 16-year-old negotiated with Lyons to have him sell them 14 grams of marijuana. But the youths then attempted to rob Lyons, according to police.

Lyons told police that one of three robbers tried to shoot him, according to the arrest report, but the gun jammed. At that point, Lyons said, he returned fire, striking Smith twice in the head and killing him.

Lyons was booked into the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center on Saturday.

Gretna police said one of the alleged marijuana robbers, who is 16, has been booked on counts of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and armed robbery. Police said they booked him on murder because he was present during a felony violation when a murder occurred.

Deputy Chief Anthony Christiana said police were “still investigating” just what happened.

Bernard Picone, 68, said he was inside his house across the street when he heard three gunshots. Picone said he was shocked to realize a fatal shooting had happened across the street from him.

“It’s pretty quiet in Gretna normally,” Picone said. “There’s a lot of patrolling around here.”

Gretna police did not notify the public about the fatal shooting until Monday. Christiana said police did not release information earlier because they were “conducting an investigation.”

Man dies after Sunday shooting in Gentilly

A man died after being shot in Gentilly on Sunday afternoon, according to police and the Orleans Parish coroner.

David Ducros, 22, was shot near Paris Avenue and Lafreniere Street about 4 p.m. Police said in an offense log that Ducros was shot while his friends were inside a nearby store. The men then drove Ducros to the 5000 block of Canal Street, where they called police.

Victims of fatal N.O. East shooting named

Two men who died in a barrage of gunfire in New Orleans East on Friday night have been identified by the Coroner’s Office.

Brian Miskell, 24, and Jermaine Curry, 25, died in the hail of gunfire that also left a third man wounded about 9:30 p.m. Friday near Chef Menteur Highway and Dodt Avenue.

JPSO: 2 shot in Marrero in fight over ex

A dispute over an “ex” ended with a man accidentally shooting himself and then his foe in Marrero early Monday evening, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

Both men were shot near St. Ann Street and the West Bank Expressway about 5:30 p.m.

“Apparently, it was an issue involving two individuals over an ‘ex’ situation. And when the perpetrator approached the victim, an argument ensued,” said Col. John Fortunato, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

“The perpetrator pulled out a firearm, and it accidentally discharged, striking him in the leg,” Fortunato said. Deputies believe the gunman then shot the other man three times.

Both men were taken to hospitals; their wounds were not believed to be life-threatening.

Authorities had not announced the shooter’s name as of Monday evening.

Police seek suspect in 7th Ward shooting

New Orleans police said they have obtained a warrant for the arrest of Rafael Johnson, 18, for a shooting in the 2400 block of Allen Street on April 8 that left one person wounded.

Johnson is accused of firing multiple rounds about 2:45 p.m.

Police said he should be considered “armed and dangerous”; they gave a last known address for him on Downman Road.

Authorities asked anyone with information on Johnson’s whereabouts to call the 5th District Detective Unit at (504) 658-6050.

Suitcase left on sidewalk creates stir

A suitcase left on a Bourbon Street sidewalk early Monday caused New Orleans police to evacuate a business and block off a section of the street. Eventually, the suitcase was opened and found to be empty.

The incident started just after midnight when an officer was flagged down and told a well-dressed, middle-aged man had placed the suitcase on the sidewalk and left, according to a news release.

Two rapes reported to New Orleans police

The New Orleans Police Department said it received two reports of rapes on Sunday and Monday morning.

Police said that about 9 a.m. Sunday, a woman reported being sexually assaulted by an unknown man near South Salcedo and Eve streets.

Then, about 1:30 a.m. Saturday, a 16-year-old girl reported she had been sexually assaulted in the 1400 block of Tulane Avenue.

Pizza delivery driver carjacked on Freret St.

New Orleans police said a 55-year-old pizza delivery driver was carjacked shortly before midnight Sunday in the 7400 block of Freret Street in the Carrollton-universities neighborhood.

The victim was getting into his vehicle after dropping off a delivery, police said, when he was approached by two men. One of them had a revolver.

The victim was forced to hand over $48 in cash, his car keys and a cellphone, according to a police log. The suspects then fled in his 2005 Nissan XTerra, bearing Louisiana license plate XMV196.

Police also reported an armed robbery in the 7600 block of Maple Street, just a few blocks away, just before midnight.