Man shot to death in Violet, and other New Orleans-area crime news

Man, 19, shot to death Tuesday in Violet

St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies who responded Tuesday night to a report of a shooting in Violet found a 19-year-old man dead in front of an apartment building.

Someone shot Truy Jones about 8 p.m. in front of a duplex in the 3100 block of Daniel Drive, near East Genie Street, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.

Jones had been shot several times in the torso.

He died at the scene.

Jones, who had an address in Kenner, did not live on the street but had recently stayed at several homes in Chalmette and Meraux, the sheriff said.

Investigators did not immediately identify a motive or suspect in Jones’ death but were following leads, Pohlmann said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (504) 271-2501 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Deputies seeking three in murder investigation

Three men are being sought on first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder charges in connection with a shooting that killed one man and injured another early Tuesday in Marrero.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office investigators believe Kevin Hicks, 25, and Kevias Hicks, 22, both of New Orleans, and Tommie “Tucker” Molette, 21, of Marrero, are responsible for killing Deshon Evans, 20, and wounding a 19-year-old man, said Col. John Fortunato, a sheriff’s spokesman.

Evans and the 19-year-old man were shot inside Evans’ home in the 5900 block of Becker Street about 1:45 a.m. Tuesday. Evans ran outside, where he collapsed and died. The 19-year-old man was treated at Interim LSU Public Hospital in New Orleans.

Homicide detectives, along with members of a U.S. Marshals Service task force, could not find the suspects after searching several locations in the metro area, Fortunato said.

Anyone with information on the suspects’ whereabouts is asked to contact the sheriff’s homicide division at (504) 364-5300 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Reward now offered in Slidell store robbery

A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and indictment of a man who robbed and pistol-whipped the owner of a Slidell area business late last month.

The owner of Big T Tires off U.S. 11 and an employee were closing up shortly after 7 p.m. Sept. 30 when an unidentified man ran from a nearby wooded area, pointed a nickel-plated semiautomatic handgun at the two men and demanded money, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

The perpetrator then struck the 80-year-old owner with the gun, robbed him of an undisclosed amount of cash and returned to the woods.

The victim suffered a broken hip in a fall.

The victim said his assailant was a black male, approximately 5 feet, 8 inches to 6 feet with a muscular build. He was wearing a mask and all black clothing.

Crimestoppers is offering a $2,500 reward, and an anonymous donor has added another $2,500, for the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for this crime, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call detective Walter Matthews at (985) 726-7845, or else 911 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111 or (877) 903-7867.