Members of the NOPD’s Gang Unit have arrested a suspected gunman in a double shooting in the Seventh Ward that happened a week ago today. Both victims died of their wounds over the weekend.
Last Wednesday, officers picked up 23-year-old Jeremiah Jackson for gunning down 46-year-old Moises Hernandez and 30-year-old Jose Bardales on Monday, September 9th, just before noon in the 2000-block of North Derbigny Street. The men, who were doing electrical work at a residence on the street, had just come back from picking up lunch. When they exited their truck, two gunmen opened fire on them. Both suspects were described as African-American, about 6-feet tall and wearing black shirts and pants.
Both victims had been shot multiple times and were taken to a nearby hospital, where both were initially listed in critical condition. Hernandez, however, succumbed to his wounds on Saturday. And yesterday, Bardales died at the hospital of his injuries. The search for the second gunman continues. Anyone who might know something about the shooting on North Derbigny, or the whereabouts of the second gunman is asked to call CrimeStoppers at (504)822-1111.
Jackson, who was initially booked with two counts of Attempted First Degree Murder, is now booked with two counts of First Degree Murder in this case. The motive in this case is still under investigation.
Jeremiah Jackson is considered a possible career criminal, and has been previously arrested for Attempted First Degree Murder(2007), Illegal Carrying of Weapons, Illegal Firearms During a Crime, Possession of Heroin, Possession of Marijuana 1st and 2nd Offense, Aggravated Assault, Simple Escape, Flight from an Officer, Criminal Damage to Property, Criminal Trespass. Jackson had an outstanding Criminal Court District Warrant for Illegal Carrying of Firearms. He is currently on parole until 2014 for Possession of Heroin.
“This case was initially handled by Fifth District Detective Alisha Henderson, and then turned over to Homicide Detective Timothy Bender. Both detectives were on the crime scene that day, and both gathered the information necessary to put a name and a face on this gunman less than a week after he opened fire on these men”, said Superintendent Ronal Serpas.
“Looking at this suspect’s criminal record, it’s nothing less than shocking that he was given opportunity after opportunity after numerous arrests, to hit the streets of our city and commit one violent crime after another”.
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Contact: Remi Braden