NOPD: One dead, two injured in separate overnight shootings in Central City

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One person died and two were injured in separate shootings overnight that occurred blocks apart in Central City, New

One person died and two were injured in separate shootings overnight that occurred blocks apart in Central City, New Orleans police said Monday. 

About 3:30 a.m. Monday, officers responded to a call in the 2800 block of Jackson Avenue, where they found an unresponsive woman lying in a parking lot of an apartment complex. As paramedics rendered medical assistance, they discovered the woman had been shot, the New Orleans Police Department said.

The woman, approximately 40 years old, was transported to an area hospital, where she later died from her injuries.

Authorities have not released the name of the woman. 

Anyone with information in the shooting is asked to contact NOPD Homicide Detective Joseph Jefferson at 504-658-5300 or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.

Several hours earlier, police reported a double shooting in Central City.

Shortly before midnight, two men, both 31 years old, were walking near Willow and Josephine streets when they saw a person at the intersection armed with a “large assault rifle,” police said in a preliminary offense log. The two men tried to flee on foot, and the armed person allegedly opened fire.

Both men were struck and transported to an area hospital by EMS. No information on their conditions was immediately available.

It was not immediately clear whether the two shootings were related. 

In other crimes handled by local authorities recently: 

• New Orleans police probed at least two robberies and one robbery attempt between Sunday night and Monday, they said. 

About 6:40 p.m. Sunday, a man hopped into a car in the 3500 block of Higgins Boulevard in the Desire neighborhood and stole a 35-year-old woman's purse at gunpoint, New Orleans police said. 

About 11:50 p.m. Sunday at the corner of Lesseps Street and St. Claude Avenue in the Bywater, a man pointed a gun at a 50-year-old man and 37-year-old woman and demanded their belongings, New Orleans police said. But the robber fled without taking anything when the woman ran away, according to police. 

About 1:15 a.m. Monday, a 27-year-old man was punched in the face by one of two men who approached him at the corner of St. Joseph and South Peters streets in the Central Business District; the two men then took the victim's wallet and fled, New Orleans police said. 

• New Orleans police on Monday released surveillance camera photos of a man suspected of trying to commit a sexual assault in a bathroom at University Medical Center in the 2000 block of Canal Street in Mid-City four days earlier. 

Police said the man is suspected of forcing a woman into a bathroom stall and trying to assault her, a plan that was foiled when she fought him off, fled the bathroom and called out for help. Police said the man was seen on video surveillance fleeing the hospital. 

Police asked anyone who recognizes the man in the photos to call sex crimes detectives at 504-658-5523 or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111. 

• The suspect in a 2015 slaying in Algiers was transferred to New Orleans' jail Monday following his capture in Texas last month. 

Shanta Massey, 24, was booked on one count of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a man parked in a truck in the 2600 block of General Collins on Dec. 6, 2015. 

Police said Jeren Johnson, 25, and a 20-year-old man were gunned down in the truck. Johnson died on the scene, and the other man was taken to a hospital for treatment. 

Police later identified Massey as a suspect in the case. Harris County, Texas, Sheriff's Office deputies arrested Massey at an apartment complex in Houston on Aug. 20 after the New Orleans police's Violent Offenders Warrant Squad had information that he was in that city. 

• New Orleans police are looking to make another arrest in the shootout on Magazine Street last month that wounded its two participants as well as one bystander. 

Police on Monday said that Bionka Fobbs, 25, is wanted on suspicion of obstruction of justice in connection with the gunfire that erupted in the 1900 block of Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District on Aug. 25. She was allegedly at the scene of the incident and fled in a 2008 Mazda MZ6 with black rims and a Louisiana license plate reading ZCF759. 

The two participants, James Alexander Jr. and Trej'on Hughes, have been jailed in the case. The bystander, hairstylist Cameron Perschall, has said he is facing multiple months of recovery after police said a stray bullet fractured his hip.

A 21-year-old man named Chance Skipper has also been booked on allegations of being an accessory after the fact to attempted murder in connection with the case. Police have said Alexander is affiliated with the notoriously violent Byrd gang of Central City. 

• Jayvona Bazile, 29, is wanted by New Orleans police on allegations that she drove a car at a woman and then struck her with a baseball bat after the victim fell to the ground in an effort to avoid being run over on Friday. The victim was arguing with the father of her child about 9 p.m. when Bazile attacked her at the corner of Painters and North Roman streets in St. Roch, police said Monday.

Bazile is accused of aggravated assault and aggravated battery, police said.

• The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office said it investigated the cutting of a man about 11:45 p.m. Sunday in the 2500 block of Vulcan Street in Harvey. The man's wounds were non-life threatening, the Sheriff's Office said. 

• Police on Monday released a surveillance photo of two men suspected in an armed robbery at the Dollar Tree store in the 1700 block of Morrison Road in New Orleans East on Aug. 20. 

• New Orleans police on Monday released a surveillance photo of a woman accused of taking another woman's wallet from her purse on Sept. 3 in the 1900 block of St. Charles Avenue. 

Staff writers Ashley White and Ramon Antonio Vargas compiled this report. 

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