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Shooting last night right next to cafe Gentilly

Discussion in 'The RoundTable' started by stevescookin, May 30, 2014.

  1. stevescookin

    stevescookin Certified Who Dat

    NEW ORLEANS - Detectives and an ATF agent spent several hours looking for spent gun shells in the 2600 block of Dreux Avenue near Franklin Avenue in the Gentilly neighborhood Thursday.

    It is where police say an off-duty Southern University of New Orleans (SUNO) police officer shot and killed an alleged armed robbery suspect around 2 a.m. Thursday. Police say the officer was changing a tire for three women when a car pulled up, a gunman got out and demanded a woman's purse. That's when the officer identified himself as a law enforcement officer, drew his firearm and exchanged gunfire with the suspect.

    Neighbors say the women are fortunate the officer was there to interrupt the robbery.

    "It was by the grace of God that he was there for her, God bless him," said Gentilly neighbor Warren Chambers. "I'm sorry for the young man who lost his life, but if you're not doing wrong, you're all right."

    "Maybe, if the policeman wasn't there, it would have just been a robbery, like most of the time on the street without gunplay," said Gentilly restaurant owner Stephen Herbert. "Sounds like the policeman was justified."

    The suspect was taken to the hospital where he later died from several gunshot wounds. No one else was injured in the shooting. The suspect was identified as Jose Valerio, 17, who was out on bond for a pair of prior armed robbery arrests. Court records also indicate Valerio had a prior arrest for simple robbery.

    The New Orleans Advocate reported that prosecutors had sought to have a $50,000 bond for two counts of armed robbery revoked after a February arrest on simple robbery. Court documents showed that Judge Laurie White declined to revoke the bond, but instead raised the bond on simple robbery from $15,000 to $40,000.

    The Advocate reported that Valerio posted the bond and was released.

    "I set an appropriate bond according to the facts that I was presented, and based on his youth, his non-existent crime history, his high school attendance and regular drug screening and family," White told the Advocate.

    "I just thought it was unnecessary and it's a shame that you can't be safe in your own neighborhood," said Chambers. "You shouldn't have to be looking over your shoulder every time you go somewhere."

    "It is targeted violence," said Herbert. "This is a real safe neighborhood as long as you're not selling or buying drugs you're in good shape."

    SUNO would not identify the campus officer involved in the shooting, but released this statement. "As released by the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD), Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) confirms that the officer involved in the Thursday, May 29 incident on Dreux Street is a campus police officer. SUNO is fully cooperating with NOPD in this matter, which is still under investigation."

    The district attorney's office issued the following statement:

    "Any homicide on the streets of New Orleans, whether or not it is justified, is a tragedy. What makes this a horrific tragedy is that it could have easily been prevented but for the systemic failure of one component of our criminal justice system. Jose Valerio was given a woefully inadequate $50,000 bond for two counts of armed robbery. He continually violated the conditions of that bond by testing positive for narcotics for which there was no consequence. Finally, he committed a third robbery, but the court denied the motion by the District Attorney’s office to revoke his bond in the armed robbery case."

  2. stevescookin

    stevescookin Certified Who Dat

    A real good case for concealed carry laws. These girls were lucky they called the right person for help.
  3. stevescookin

    stevescookin Certified Who Dat

    One of my customers and friends heads up this program. Since this article was published last year, there were over 200 days in Central City without a shooting.

    CeaseFire hasn't yet reduced Central City violence, but officials remain confident program will work

    A little more than a year after the CeaseFire program was announced in early April 2012, the staff tasked with short-circuiting street violence through personal intervention had identified 40 conflicts that could result, or had already ended up, in bloodshed in an area of New Orleans' Central City neighborhood.

    "Interrupters" employed by CeaseFire met with victims of violence and their friends and relatives at their homes, on the streets and even in hospitals and spent hours trying to persuade them from seeking revenge. When the threat of retaliation seemed to be defused, outreach workers took over the case and tried to find jobs, education opportunities or even rehab for the people involved.

  4. stevescookin

    stevescookin Certified Who Dat

    My favorite video deserves a replay.

  5. red55

    red55 curmudgeon

    What a dumbass. The whole idea of a shotgun is that you don't have to get close to the person you are threatening. If the perp had stood 10 feet away, the guy couldn't have done a thing except run away or give up the cash.
  6. LaSalleAve

    LaSalleAve when in doubt, mumble

    What if that 17 year old was robbing that lady to come get some of those great eats at Cafe Gentilly?
  7. stevescookin

    stevescookin Certified Who Dat

    Most of my customers have the "Munchies" !!!! I love it. My last customers yesterday had dreds....The girl had Blue dreds...:cool:
  8. stevescookin

    stevescookin Certified Who Dat

    I was interviewed by WWL for their lead story about the shooting....and was real disappointed that the camera focused on the "bad" side of my face...you know....the front side. :eek:
  9. mctiger

    mctiger Kenny HIlliard, Beast

    Having trouble justifying two parts of the story in the OP:


    Am I missing something here? Non-existent? The bond you are setting is for - at least - his third robbery arrest! Does it get any more clueless than this?
  10. LSUsupaFan

    LSUsupaFan Founding Member

    Not too many smart stick up men.

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