Monday, November 19, 2007

Return to Form

We all hoped, down here at NOMB, that the recent lull in material was actually a fundamental shift in the fabric of NOLA's culture of violence. It all seemed so quiet. Our editors went out doors. There were 24 hour drawing marathons, thanksgiving invites, coffee without the acidic sting. Some of us took deep breaths and sat next to the train tracks. When the officers assigned to the security detail failed to show up, we laughed because, "what could go wrong now that we've seen the light?"

Saturday: Proximity rating: 10 (We don't ever go east of Dowman Rd, unless it's the state of Florida)
New Orleans police were called Saturday afternoon to the scene of the city's first shooting death in eight days. The victim was identified by chief coroner's investigator John Gagliano as Tyrone Lanaux Jr., a 31-year-old local man. He was at least the 189th person killed on the streets of New Orleans this year

Proximity rating: 7 (We like to shop at Mike's hardware)
Later Saturday, two people were shot in the Gentilly neighborhood.
The two adults were shot about 6:55 p.m. in the 1600 block of Gentilly Boulevard, a few blocks east of Esplanade Avenue. Their wounds were not believed to be life-threatening, Williams said.

Jeff Parish has a new Sheriff, who won in a 91% landslide victory. They also have a slew of killings. All of them well detailed for us this Monday morning

Proximity rating: 10 (when was the last time anyone went to the West Bank for anything but Pho?)
Three people in all were killed, including two on the West Bank and one in Metairie. The violence was compounded when deputies, responding to a stabbing at the motel, shot the suspect after he pounced at them with a knife
Deputies responded to a 911 call around 4:40 p.m. about a disturbance at the run-down motel, where most rooms are still uninhabitable because of flood damage, .
Residents said they had heard a fight about an alleged infidelity and had seen a man leave an upstairs room carrying a bloody brown-handled knife with a long silver blade.The door was cracked open, giving deputies a view of two people lying motionless on the bed, one atop the other with a towel draped over their faces, he said. Deputies believed the two were "either unconscious or had passed," he said. But when they entered the room, a man identified as Terry Robinson, 51, jumped up holding a knife. He stabbed at the woman's body on the bed and attempted to slash a deputy.
Needless to say, that shot his ass.

Proximity Rating: 10 (Refer to #1)

Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office deputies found Terry K. Ingram, 16, dead in the driveway of a Harvey apartment complex in the 3700 block of Longleaf Drive, authorities said. Ingram's address is listed in the 2200 block of Alex Kornman Boulevard.

Proximity Rating: 10 (blah blah blah)

Around 6:30 a.m., officers found the body of an unidentified woman in front of a home in the 1500 block of Haydel Drive in Marrero, authorities said. The woman died at the scene from several gunshots. She was described as being in her late teens to early 20s, about 5-foot-2 and 150 pounds with shoulder-length hair, authorities said.
The victim was wearing a MFG-brand pink pullover shirt emblazoned with a photo of herself on the back, police said.
The wording, "Can I Ball Ya'll" and "Get Money," surrounded the victim's picture with the name "Shaun AKA-Jazz" on the pullover, authorities said
. The victim wore a pair of RU-brand blue jeans with suspenders, high-top blue Converse sneakers, and carried what appeared to be a picture of herself in her pocket, deputies said.

This photo sounds like the kind you can get taken of yourself at the YMOL secondline.

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