Ex-con gunned down: Murders in the Central Business District are rare, but this morning (4.9.09) around 7 a.m., a 30-year-old felon who loved his weed (based on his numerous arrests for possession of marijuana over the years) was shot by someone who apparently knew him.
The NOPD seems to have a good witness with knowledge of the incident, based on what Asst. Chief Marlon Defillo has revealed to the press.
Their discussion did not go well and Defillo said the man, pulled a pistol of undetermined calibre and fired a single bullet into the back of Coleman's head. The shooter fled on foot and 911 was called at 7:11 a.m. Coleman was dead when paramedics arrived on the scene. The victim and assailant knew each other, Defillo said, and that it was not a random shooting: Coleman was the intended target.
Then there are the armed robberies: What crime there had been in the last week or so, seemed among the crazy or the related. Then 2 armed robberies in 2 days formed a pattern that's disturbing:
- Yesterday morning (4.8.09), a white woman walking in the 800 block of Chartres Street (between St. Ann and Dumaine streets) at 5:55 a.m. was approached from behind by a black thug with a knife who grabbed her purse off her shoulder.
- This morning (4.9.09) a white woman walking in the 700 block of Bienville Street (between Royal and Bourbon streets) was similarly approached by a black man armed with a Swiss Army knife with a 2" to 3" blade who demanded her money.