A New Orleans city worker posted a $100,000 bond Friday and was released from jail following his arrest on an attempted murder charge.
Merritt Landry was also placed on emergency suspension without pay. He city confirms he is a building inspector with the Historic District Landmark Commission.
Early Friday morning, police say Landry shot a 14-year-old at the Landry family’s home on Mandeville Street in the Faubourg Marigny.
Neighbors say the area is a common target for teenagers who are looking to steal money and valuable items.
“He’s a really good guy. And I guess you’re protecting your family,” said neighbor Charley Hazouri who has a home and a business near Landry’s home.
Hazouri also has a security camera system that he says captured video of two young men — or teenagers — who were in front of Landry’s home shortly before the shooting. According to Hazouri, one of them can be seen climbing over the fence that protects the Landry home. Hazouri said the video was being turned over to police and he did not want to make it available to the news media because it could be an important part of the shooting investigation.
Neighbors also say someone stole Landry’s two Vespa scooters earlier in the week. They say his lawnmower was also recently stolen.
Another neighbor who asked not to be identified also described Landry as a good neighbor.
“Good neighbor, good family man, good family,” the woman said from her front porch. Also on her front porch — attached to her railing — was a bicycle lock that had been cut. The woman said she’d had two bicycles stolen from her front porch.
People who live along the same block of Mandeville Street say they often see teenagers in the area during late night and early morning hours. Earlier this year, a 16-year-old was arrested and accused of a series of armed robberies in the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood. Police were unable to catch him until one of his intended victims grabbed the suspect’s shotgun, turning the tables on him.
“14, 15 (year olds). What are they doing out in the middle of the night?” the woman asked from her front porch on Mandeville Street. “You can’t assume that they’re up to no good, but who knows?”
At last word, the 14-year-old who was shot remained in critical condition. Police did not say if the teen also faced any charges in connection with the investigation.