Saturday, December 29, 2007

Getting It In Under The Gun

So ends year one of NOMB. The official number hovers somewhere around 210-216 depending on the source, and if you add in the 44 murders in JP, you see a pretty big number. But who really cares? The fact is, each one of these people died alone and scared, just like everyone of us will some day, whether we are shot, stabbed, have a heart attack, are bludgeoned to death, or slip on the stairs. And, no matter how dirty, cracked out, crooked, or immoral the deceased was in life, there is still someone out there waiting for them to come home.
NOMB began as a one yeat project, but the editors have decided to continue the project for 2008, although it may experience some mutations. Also, NOMB year wrap up coming tomorrow.

But enough of that. Lets get down to business.

French Quarter Murder Update:
By now, ya'll must have heard. The dead woman beneath the pier turned out to be a prostitute, or at least is being billed as such in the papers. That murmur you hear coming from the river is not the barge, but the collective sigh of relief from the French Quarters hospitality industry.

A New Orleans man was fatally shot in Marrero on Friday evening, said Col. John Fortunato, a spokesman for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office.
Just before 5:30, deputies responded to a call of gun fire near the corner of Ames Boulevard and Charleston Drive, Fortunato said.
Deputies found the body of a man, appearing to be about 21 years old, from New Orleans dead with a gunshot wound. The shooting was the 44th murder in Jefferson Parish this year

Nothing like men running down the street shooting:

A man was shot outside a Mid-City restaurant Friday night after a brief foot chase, eyewitnesses said.
Two men were seen chasing two others at about 8:15 p.m. in the 3900 block of Banks Street. The men in pursuit fired at those running away, hitting one outside Mona's restaurant.

Saturday's Special:
Shortly after 4 p.m., 4th District officers responded to a report of a man shot in the 3100 block of Mansfield Avenue. The officers found a man with a gunshot wound to his chest.
The victim, Clayton Johnson Jr., 22, died on the way to University Hospital.

In the other incident, a Tallulah man was shot outside a Gretna nightclub in the early morning. At about 3:30 a.m., Gretna police received a report of shots at Ceasar's Nightclub, 209 Monroe St. Christiana said officers learned that a yellow Ford Mustang was involved. They spotted it a short distance away, speeding south on Franklin Avenue near Porter Street.

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