Man shot on Hollygrove street, and other area police and fire news

Man, 18, fatally shot on street in Hollygrove

An 18-year-old man was shot to death early Monday in Hollygrove, New Orleans police said.

Joseph Duplessis IV was killed about 2:30 a.m. in the 2600 block of Monroe Street, said John Gagliano, the Orleans Parish coroner’s chief investigator.

Duplessis was shot in the backyard of an abandoned home, said Officer Hilal Williams, a Police Department spokeswoman.

Police did not immediately identify a suspect or motive.

Anyone with information is asked to contact homicide Detective Clinton Givens at (504) 658-5300 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Boy, 5, dies after being pulled from Slidell pool

A 5-year-old boy was pronounced dead at Ochsner North Shore on Friday evening after St. Tammany Parish sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call about a young boy who was not responsive after being pulled from a Slidell pool.

Deputies performed CPR, and the child was taken to the hospital.

The St. Tammany Coroner’s Office had not released the child’s identification or cause of death as of late Monday afternoon.

Man killed Sunday walking on train tracks

A 37-year-old Slidell man was killed when he was struck by a train about 1:30 a.m. Friday, Slidell police said.

David Finch was walking on the railroad tracks that run along Front Street when he was struck by a northbound freight train near Textron Marine & Land Systems, according to police.

Finch died at the scene. Police are awaiting toxicology reports on the victim.

Man gunned down in eastern N.O. identified

A man who was shot to death last week in New Orleans East has been identified.

Charles Paul, 23, was shot about 11 p.m. Friday in the 7100 block of Bunker Hill Road, said John Gagliano, the Orleans Parish coroner’s chief investigator.

He died from a gunshot wound to his neck, Gagliano said.

Police have not identified a motive or suspect in Paul’s death.

Lafayette suspect caught near Covington

A man wanted in Lafayette on counts of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated rape, home invasion and false imprisonment was arrested early Friday morning near Covington, a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman said.

Jordan Carambat, 23, of Lafayette, was in a red Acura sedan that was stopped by deputies near Covington, spokeswoman Suzanne Carboni said. Carambat was wanted by the Lafayette Police Department after his former girlfriend reported that he had followed her home and forced his way into her apartment. Once there, Carambat refused to let her leave, sexually assaulted her and tried to strangle her with a telephone cord before she lost consciousness, she told Lafayette police.

Carambat was booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center.

Cars vandalized during weekend near Slidell

Residents in the Lake Village subdivision near Slidell called the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office on Sunday morning to report their vehicles had been damaged and burglarized overnight. The damage included slashed tires and scratching of cars with a key. One victim reported seeing three teenagers fleeing the area.

Two teens arrested in Slidell-area arson case

Two teenagers were charged with simple arson Saturday in connection with a marsh fire in the Carr Drive area of Slidell that threatened nearby houses and forced the evacuation of many residents, according to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Firefighters from St. Tammany Fire Protection District No. 1 extinguished the fire.

Witnesses told sheriff’s deputies that they had seen two male teenagers set the marsh on fire from a boat. Deputies located the two, who admitted that they started the fire with fireworks.

Slidell boy, 16, shot in the hand Saturday

St. Tammany Parish sheriff’s deputies were called to Slidell Memorial Hospital early Saturday to see a 16-year-old who had a gunshot wound to the hand. The youth told deputies that he had accidentally shot himself in the hand at a Slidell residence. However, deputies notified Slidell police, who were investigating a shooting at a Fremaux Avenue gas station, in case the two incidents were related.

Slidell police confirmed Saturday that there had been a shooting at the EZ Pic’s gas pump shortly after midnight Saturday that stemmed from a disagreement. No additional information was available Monday.

Man, 23, shot while pumping gas in Slidell

An exchange of glares at a Slidell convenience store’s gas pump led to the shooting of a 23-year-old man early Saturday morning, according to Slidell police.

Three people were arrested later that same day: 25-year-old Romallis Brightman, of Shreveport, booked with attempted second-degree murder, and 24-year-old Jasmine Anthony, of Slidell, and 23-year-old Michael Wright, of Shreveport, both booked with principal to attempted second-degree murder.

Witnesses reported seeing two men approach another man who was pumping gas at the Quick Check on Fremaux Avenue and then hearing shots after a brief verbal altercation. The victim was rushed to Ochsner North Shore with a serious gunshot wound from which he is expected to recover, Detective Daniel Seuzeneau said.

The victim told police he was fueling his car when he exchanged glares with two people he didn’t know. They left but returned a short time later with a gun, and one of them fired at him several times.

Slidell police spotted the suspects’ vehicle, a white Ford Expedition, at the Slidell Housing Authority offices and linked it to the three suspects. They told detectives they were furious with the victim for “giving them a dirty look.’’

Fire damages stores in Lakeview strip mall

A fire that began at a restaurant in a Lakeview strip mall Monday afternoon spread to several neighboring businesses, damaging them as well, the New Orleans Fire Department said.

The fire began about 11:45 a.m. at Mondo restaurant in the 900 block of Harrison Avenue. Firefighters arrived minutes later to find flames coming through the roof, said Gregory Davis, a Fire Department spokesman.

A second alarm was struck at 12:01 p.m. to call in additional firefighters after flames and smoke spread to several neighboring businesses, including a pet store and snowball stand. No one was injured. The fire was under control at 12:21 p.m.

The cause is under investigation.

5 N.O.-area shootings under investigation

New Orleans and Jefferson Parish authorities reported they are investigating the following shootings:

6:02 p.m. Sunday, in the 10000 block of Castlewood Drive, New Orleans East. No victim information provided.

12:54 a.m. Monday, in the 4400 block of Laine Avenue, New Orleans East. Male victim.

1:52 a.m. Monday, in the 7200 block of Chef Menteur Highway, New Orleans East. Male victim.

3 a.m. Monday, at Decatur and Toulouse streets, French Quarter. A 20-year-old man was shot in the hand.

6:23 p.m. Monday, in the 1300 block of Claiborne Drive, Jefferson. Male victim.