New Orleans Police are investigating the murder of a 27-year-old man and the shooting of another 27-year-old man that occurred in the 8300 block of Cohn Street shortly before 6:00 P.M. this evening. The names of the victims are being withheld pending notification of family members.
Officers located one victim lying in the street suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to his body where he was pronounced dead on the scene. The second victim suffered a gunshot wound to his arm and was transported to the hospital by private conveyance.
A preliminary investigation indicates the shooting stemmed from an argument that occurred inside the residence of 8326 Cohn Street between the victims and the gunman. The altercation carried over outside when the gunman fired at the victims striking them both.
The primary resident of the location has been brought in for questioning.
Investigators are currently in the process of gathering evidence and information to identify the person(s) responsible in the incident, as well as a motive.
Homicide Detective Melanie Dillon is in charge of the investigation and can be reached at 658-5300.
Citizens with information that can help solve this crime are asked to call CRIMESTOPPERS at 822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP. You could receive a cash reward of up to $2,500 for the information leading to the arrest and indictment of the responsible person(s). You do not have to give your name nor testify to receive the reward. Citizens can also submit an anonymous tip online to Crimestoppers at www.crimestoppersgno.org
Any person who, after the commission of a felony, shall harbor, conceal, or aid the offender, knowing or having reasonable ground to believe that he has committed the felony, and with the intent that he may avoid or escape from arrest, trial, conviction, or punishment shall be charged with R.S. 14:25; Relative to Accessories After the Fact.
An accessory after the fact may be tried and punished, notwithstanding the fact that the principal felon may not have been arrested, tried, convicted, or amenable to justice.
Whoever becomes an accessory after the fact shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars, or imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not more than five years, or both; provided that in no case shall his punishment be greater than one-half of the maximum provided by law for a principal offender.
The New Orleans Police Department, under the leadership of Superintendent Ronal W. Serpas, is engaged in a complete transformation in its approach to ensuring that New Orleans is a safer place to live, work and visit. The police force, which currently employs dedicated men and women, is committed to transparency, accountability, collaboration and integrity.
Officer Hilal Williams