A man was found by a grass-cutting crew in the Lower 9th Ward around 3 p.m. today with multiple gunshot wounds, the New Orleans Police Department announced in a press release this afternoon.
The crew discovered the victim in a vacant lot at the intersection of Benton and North Miro Streets and immediately notified police, according to the NOPD. The man had been shot several times and was unresponsive when officers arrived, and he was pronounced dead on the scene.
Crime in New Orleans dropped nearly eight percent in the last quarter of 2012, and by one percent for the year overall, according to numbers released today by the New Orleans Police Department.
Murders and rapes dropped by 18 percent in the last quarter of 2012, armed robberies by 32 percent, auto theft by nearly 34 percent, burglaries by more than 13 percent, and simple robberies by more than two percent. however, instances of assault were up 16 percent, and thefts were up more than four percent.
A 55-year-old man was shot dead inside of a home in the 800-block of Jackson Avenue this morning, said the New Orleans Police Department in a press release.
The shooting happened at approximately 1:45 a.m., according to police. Officers responded to the Saint Thomas house after being called for an unknown problem, and found the man shot multiple times to the body inside the house.
The man, whose name is being withheld pending notification of his family, died on the scene.
The lead homicide detective on the case is Charles Hoffacker.
A former New Orleans police officer has asked a federal judge to disqualify himself from presiding over his retrial on charges he fatally shot a man without justification in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath before the man's body was burned in a car.
A court filing Monday by lawyers for the former officer, David Warren, says U.S. District Judge Lance Africk made comments on the case that could call his impartiality into question.
Despite objections from the city, a federal judge has approved a sweeping agreement between the Justice Department and the city of New Orleans designed to clean up the city's troubled Police Department.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu had invited Justice Department intervention in the department soon after taking office in 2010 and had sought the agreement as a way of putting reforms into law. But throughout months of negotiations, he had expressed concerns about the potential costs.
The New Orleans Police Department will be conducting a motorist sobriety checkpoint "in the Orleans Parish area" tonight, according to a press release issued by NOPD spokeswoman Hilal Williams.
The NOPD Traffic Division will conduct the checkpoint from approximately 9 p.m. tonight until 5 a.m. Friday morning, the department said. Motorists are advised to have the proper documentation available if requested by the police, including proof of insurance and a driver's license.