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You think Boston is busy..... read this, it was taken from New Orleans online newspaper... www.nola.com

Wave of violence brings five deaths in two-day period

by Ramon Antonio Vargas, The Times-Picayune Tuesday October 07, 2008, 9:35 AM


A rash of shootings that began Sunday afternoon left five men dead in little more than a day and pushed New Orleans' 2008 murder total to at least 151.

The carnage started Sunday at 3 p.m., when someone sprayed a 6th Ward street with a hail of bullets, killing Kendrick Sherman, 18, and Durrell Pooler, 23.
Sherman died on a sidewalk in the 2500 block of St. Ann Street and Pooler died two houses down and across the street. Shortly after several bullets struck both of them, drivers in a light-colored, four-door sedan and a dark-colored vehicle sped away from the scene.
Another man, whose name and age weren't released by authorities, was also wounded in the attack. Paramedics took him to University Hospital in critical condition, according to police.
There was more violence Monday -- three men died in three unrelated evening shootings spaced about four hours apart.
Vernon Johnson, 35, was fatally shot about 7 p.m. Monday in the Lower Coliseum Square neighborhood. He was riding his bicycle down Constance Street and approached the intersection of Race Street when someone shot him several times.
He was dead by the time a team of paramedics got to him, according to John Gagliano, the coroner's chief investigator, and the New Orleans Police Department.
In 2003, Orleans Parish prosecutors tried Johnson on a 2002 second-degree murder charge, but a jury acquitted him, according to court records.
A half hour after Vernon Johnson's murder Monday, a shooting at the West Bank intersection of L.B. Landry and Erie streets left Albert Clinton McClebb Jr. dead.
McClebb, who turned 29 last month, died in the street at the intersection after someone inside a black Acura shot him, only a few blocks from the Crescent City Connection, authorities said.
Officers responding to a 911 call about the shooting also found a 17-year-old boy lying on a sidewalk nearby, wounded by several bullets. He survived the attack and was taken to a local hospital, where he was listed in stable condition this morning, said Officer Garry Flot, an NOPD spokesman.
Later Monday, at 11 p.m., a shooting inside an eastern New Orleans home in the 7100 block of Read Boulevard took the life of an unidentified man.
A 56-year-old man who called 911 told police he woke up from a nap and found the murdered man lying down in a room in the home, with a gunshot wound to his head, according to an NOPD incident log. The victim died by the time police and paramedics got there.
Gagliano identified Johnson, McClebb and Sherman on Tuesday morning. Gagliano said coroner's investigators have not yet confirmed the identity of the Read Boulevard victim because he had no form of identification on him, but a police incident log said the victim was 21 years old.
In an unrelated incident, New Orleans police investigated an attempted homicide about 5:30 p.m. Monday in the 5700 block of Dauphine Street in the Lower 9th Ward. Someone shot a 19-year-old man once in the right leg, three times in the left leg and once in the upper left back.
Police have not arrested anybody in connection to any of the cases and haven't announced any suspects, according to Flot.
New Orleans homicide detectives have been called to investigate six murders since Oct. 3, when someone shot and killed 24-year-old Harold J. Stanwood in the 4600 block of Clara Street in the Milan neighborhood.
The wave of violence is comparable with one in mid April this year in New Orleans.
From April 17 to April 19, six people were slain. Three were murdered by gunmen April 19.
Ramon Antonio Vargas can be reached at [email protected] or 504.826.3300.
 
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