Man dies after shooting in Burger King parking lot, and other New Orleans-area police news

Man, 28, dies after shooting in parking lot

A 28-year-old man died at the hospital a short time after he was shot in the parking lot of a Gentilly fast-food restaurant on Friday afternoon, New Orleans police said.

The victim, whose name was not released pending notification of family, was shot about 3:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the Burger King in the 4400 block of Chef Menteur Highway.

Witnesses told police that a gold or tan Toyota Solara with tinted windows and two men inside sped away from the parking lot after the shooting.

One man wore a black skull cap, and the other wore a blue jacket, police said.

Homicide detective Charles Hoffacker is in charge of the investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Search on for woman last seen at Mission

New Orleans police are searching for a missing woman who is in need of her medication.

Ann-Marie Danon, 59, has a history of mental illness and is not able to take care of herself without her medication, police said.

She was last seen Nov. 12 at the New Orleans Mission, 1130 O.C. Haley Blvd.

Anyone with information on Danon’s location is asked to call 6th District detectives at (504) 658-6060.

Robber takes woman’s e-book reader in CBD

A woman was robbed of her e-book reader late Thursday night on a Central Business District corner, Tulane University police said.

The victim was at Tulane Avenue and South Saratoga Street, near Tulane Medical Center and Medical School, about 10 p.m. when a man walked up to her and began a conversation, police said.

After a few minutes, the unidentified robber grabbed the woman’s e-book reader and ran toward Loyola Avenue.

The woman, who is not a Tulane student or employee, was not injured.

Police described the robber as a black man, between 30 and 40 years old, 5-foot-7 and 200 pounds, and balding. He wore a maroon jacket and dark pants.

Anyone with information about his identity is asked to contact Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

‘Operation Rotten Pumpkins’ snares 31

A six-month undercover drug investigation by the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office resulted in identification of 31 alleged street-level drug dealers.

“Operation Rotten Pumpkins” drug purchases were made from 31 adults and one juvenile between May and November on the West Bank of the parish.

Twenty-seven people have been arrested since Wednesday.

Four remain at large.

One has been located at a correctional facility in Mississippi.

Those arrested are: Walker Lirette, 54, Buras; Jerry Peoples, 47, Buras; Donnie Peoples, 30, Buras; Ivy Franklin, 55, Boothville; Don Merrick, 56, Boothville; Bernel Prout Jr., 58, Venice; Chaz Barrois, 23, Venice; Tasha Evans, 33, Buras; Ronald Daniels, 36, Eutaw, Ala.; Otis Mackey, 39, Port Sulphur; Andrew Billiot Jr., 52, Port Sulphur; Harvey Tribe, 49, Buras; Tonya Moore, 41, Port Sulphur; Joseph Ingraham, 56, Buras; Raymond Jakubieiski Jr., 49, Empire; Lebaron Simmons, 22, Belle Chasse; Cornell Washington, 37, Belle Chasse; Mario Frisella, 33, Belle Chasse; Christopher Landry, 24, Buras; Mindy Billiot, 29, Buras; Tyler Scott, 21, Belle Chasse; Felix Mackey, 22, Port Sulphur; Lance Sanders, 32, Buras; Norman Peoples, 34, Buras; Karen Fountain, 42, Port Sulphur; Charles Vidal, 26, Gretna; and a juvenile, 15, Belle Chasse.

Those still at large are: Cornelius Ducro, 25, Port Sulphur; Kendra Mitchell, 34, Buras; Kay Lafrance, 52, Buras; and Renard Martin, 41, Baton Rouge.

“Today, we are one step closer to keeping Plaquemines Parish safe,” Sheriff Lonnie Greco said in a prepared statement. “We will continue to aggressively investigate illegal drug activity in Plaquemines Parish and hold those individuals who persist in poisoning our community accountable.”

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the remaining suspects is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office’s narcotics division at (504) 394-4957.