8th District detectives are calling it attempted murder after the shooter pumped 6 shots into Gilmore's stomach. Gilmore is hospitalized in critical condition.
To ask the question again: What the hell are these kids doing running around at this hour of the night? Use the curfew laws to get them off the streets--and confiscate their guns.
Traffic stops runaway murderer: You hear all this talk about how the cops ought to ignore the minor crimes and concentrate on the major ones. Well consider this:
Ofc. Kelsey Lewis and Ofc. Teddy McCann pulled the driver over in the 800 block of Canal and started writing a ticket for that and numerous other traffic violations. By the time they were done, they found the driver, Daniel McCravy, 22, was wanted for murder in Hot Springs, Arkansas--a killing that happened in September, 2009.
Now it's murder: The Cameron brothers--who wreaked havoc on a Warehouse District night club last month--are in deeper trouble now.
How drunk can you be?: A fella who'd been drinking with some buddies in the French Quarter early Christmas Eve day got separated from them, so he tried to find their car. But when he couldn't, he decided to walk home. Since he lived in Slidell, he decided to walk toward I-10 eastbound. Makes about as much sense as you can when you're drunk.
Muddled mayhem: You wonder just how long Super Chief Ronal Serpas is going to put up with sloppy police work--particularly from his Public Information Office. Here's a good case in point:
And, in the records of Orleans Parish Criminal District Court, there is NO indication that this Miller has previously been charged for anything. There are other Tyrone or Tyronne Millers, but none of them have amassed the felonious record the PIO claimed.
It looks like Serpas was given him sloppy information by the PIO. They couldn't even spell the suspect's name correctly or give his correct age. And there's no evidence the guy might be the perp has any sort of criminal record.
(This sloppy PIO information occurs much more than you think good police work would allow. In the item above about the Arkansas murder fugitive, the PIO spelled the suspect's name as "McCarvy"; it's McCravy. The officers who made the collar were only identified as "Officer Kelsey and Officer McCann." When we asked for first names, it came back that "Kelsey" was the first name and "Lewis" was the last name; McCann's first name is Teddy.)
At it again?: Haven't we seen this movie before? Guy walks in to bar, pulls a gun, demands money from the cash register, bartender surrenders the loot, robber flees but is arrested short time later.
Ironically, Buffa's was robbed about the same time that summer. And District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro refused the charges against both Chapuis and the accused robber of Buffa's without explanation. How about doing your job this time, Leon, and protect us from thugs like these.
Woman leads them astray: It's not the first time in history it's happened, of course. But 2 young men, 24 and 25, made the acquaintance of a petite blond in the 200 block of Bourbon Street early on Christmas Eve (12.24.10) morning around 12:39 a.m.
According to Chief Serpas, the 8th District has established a Narcotics/Vice unit which has been targeting street-level narcotics and prostitution. As of August 2010, the 8th District's unit has investigated 22 prostitution cases resulting in 30 arrests.
Taking instead of giving: Not exactly in the spirit of "better to give than receive," the victims did the giving in these cases:
- Sunday (12.26.10) 10:05 p.m.: A 29-year-old white woman walking in the 700 block of Kerlerec Street (between Bourbon and Royal streets) was knocked to the ground by a black hoodlum who grabbed her purse and fled.
- Wednesday (12.22.10) 9:00 p.m.: A white guy got into a cab on Bourbon Street when a black dude got in the other side and tried to grab his money. They struggled and the would-be robber fled on foot up Bourbon toward Canal Street.
- Tuesday (12.21.10) 4:24 p.m.: Two 15-year-old white boys walking near University Place and Canal Street were accosted by 2 black boys who pulled a gun and forced them into an alley where they were robbed of cash and 2 cellphones.
- Monday (12.20.10) 8:50 p.m.: Two white men, one 49 and the other 27, and a 22-year-old white woman were robbed at gunpoint by a black man while walking on Burgundy Street near St. Louis Street. The men threw their cash on the ground and the robber scooped it up and grabbed the woman's purse before fleeing.
Crimes last week in the 8th District
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Business Burglary, 547 St Ann, 4:45 a.m.
Theft, 821 Gravier, 5:00 a.m.
Auto Theft, 7001 St Louis, 8:51 a.m.
Business Burglary, 351 Andrew Higgins, 4:33 p.m.
Shoplifting, 232 Bourbon, 2:27 p.m.
Auto Theft, 800 Magazine, 2:26 p.m.
Theft, 700 Tchoupitoulas, 6:48 p.m.
Armed Robbery, 500 Burgundy, 8:51 p.m.
Auto Theft, S Claiborne & Cleveland, 3:51 p.m.
Theft, 228 Poydras, 3:57 p.m.
Shoplifting, 232 Bourbon, 5:08 p.m.
Armed Robbery, Canal & University, 5:56 p.m.
Theft, 827 Toulouse, 4:31 a.m.
Auto Burglary, Chartres & Esplanade, 7:24 a.m.
Auto Burglary, 621 Esplanade, 10:22 a.m.
Theft, 820 Poydras, 11:52 a.m.
Theft, 401 Magazine, 1:21 p.m.
Simple Robbery, 800 St Ann, 9:02 p.m.
Auto Burglary, 1200 N Peters, 7:25 p.m.
Theft, 417 Frenchmen', 11:11 a.m.
Auto Theft, Burgundy & Frenchmen, 8:41 p.m.
Theft, 200 Poydras, 9:35 p.m.