UPDATE 12/17/2021: On December 16, 2021, the NOPD arrested Lenton J. Vanburen in connection with a homicide investigation that happened in the 9700 block of Chef Menteur Highway.

On December 16, 2021, the NOPD arrested Lenton J. Vanburen in connection with a homicide investigation that happened in the 9700 block of Chef Menteur Highway.

Through investigation, NOPD Homicide Unit detectives developed and positively identified Vanburen as the perpetrator in this incident. 

An arrest warrant was obtained on a charge of second-degree murder.

Vanburen was found to currently be in custody at the Orleans Parish Justice Center after an arrest on December 3 on charges connected to an armed robbery incident in the 1200 block of North Claiborne Avenue. Vanburen was rebooked for the additional murder charge.

Anyone with additional information on this incident is asked to contact NOPD Homicide Unit Det. Lucretia Gantner at 504-658-5300.


NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) — The New Orleans Police Department reported a homicide by shooting that occurred in New Orleans East on Monday morning.

According to the report, Seventh District officers arrived at the scene located in the 9700 block of Chef Menteur Highway and found a male victim dead on the scene from an apparent gunshot wound.

This is an ongoing investigation.

There is no further information at this time.

Anyone with any additional information regarding this incident or call anonymously to Crimestoppers of Greater New Orleans at 504-822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP.