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A 19-year-old man linked to the shooting death of a teenage girl in the Desire neighborhood in late March has been charged with attempting to kill two other people in Gentilly less than two weeks earlier. 

Members of an Orleans Parish grand jury on Wednesday charged Corey “Shoota” Harris in a shooting that wounded an 18-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman in the 2600 block of Dreux Avenue in Gentilly on March 18.

Harris has also been arrested in connection with the later Desire shooting along with 16-year-old Ladonte Richardson, who police say was involved in the Gentilly shooting as well.

In the March 18 incident, Harris and Richardson each face two counts of attempted murder plus counts of illegally discharging a firearm during a violent crime and illegally possessing a stolen 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

That shooting came 11 days before police say Harris had a hand in gunplay that left Tyneisha Muse, 17, dead in the 3500 block of North Prieur Street.

Wednesday’s indictment followed separate arrests of an 18-year-old man tied to several carjackings and two shootings across New Orleans last month, as well as another 18-year-old linked to more than 80 vehicle break-ins this year and a quadruple shooting in Central City on May 13.

Officials have held up these kinds of arrests and indictments as important steps as the city tries to control an increase of more than 20 percent this year in overall property crimes, such as car thefts. Police brass noted that people who steal cars then carry out numerous violent crimes.

In the March 18 attack on Dreux, police said the two victims were standing on the porch of a home when they were shot by two people in a white sport-utility vehicle. The man was hit in the lower leg while the woman’s left forearm was grazed. Police haven’t discussed a possible motive for the attack.

Police didn’t take Harris into custody until after the March 29 killing of Muse. Investigators said they learned that Muse was slain by gunfire which wounded her 18-year-old boyfriend, who had gone on social media and somehow threatened Harris.

While being questioned, police said, Harris admitted to the shooting that killed Muse and claimed he had help from Joshua Augillard, 20, and Reginald Blanton, 18.

All have since been arrested, along with an 18-year-old woman named Terrica Moss, who is accused of letting Augillard hide from police at her home.

Police wrote in court records that they have also used surveillance camera footage to connect Harris with a pickup that was stolen from a neighborhood near Audubon Park. The truck was later abandoned about a five-minute walk from Harris’ apartment in New Orleans East.

Richardson has also since been arrested. He and Harris, who both remain in jail, would face years in prison if convicted of attempted murder. Harris would face mandatory life imprisonment if convicted of murdering Muse.


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