One dead, one injured in Florida Area shooting


One dead, one injured in Florida Area shooting

UPDATE — On Monday, September 27, police announced the arrest of 43-year-old Melvinisha Howard and 23-year-old Joe Robinson in connection to the August shooting. The two were arrested on Thursday, September 23 in Baton Rouge.

Howard faces two separate counts of second-degree murder, along with attempted second-degree murder and violation of a protective order. Robinson also faces two separate counts of second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder.

As of Monday, the two were being temporarily housed in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison awaiting extradition to Orleans Parish for booking.

Anyone with any information related to this incident is asked to contact NOPD Homicide Detective Matthew Riffle at 504-658-5300.

NEW ORLEANS — A shooting in the Florida Area neighborhood leaves one person dead and another hospitalized.

Around 5:45 p.m. Friday, NOPD responded to a report of a shooting in the 2200 block of Piety Street.

While en route to the scene, police received another call of a vehicle with heavy damage near the intersection of Humanity Street and Ursula Spencer Way.

Upon arriving, officers located the vehicle with two male victims inside, both with multiple gunshot wounds.

One victim was declared dead at the scene and the other was transported to an area hospital.

The incident is believed to have originated at the Piety Street location, with the victims traveling to the Usula Spencer Way location.

Neither a shooter nor a motive have been identified in this incident.

The coroner’s office will identify the deceased victim and official cause of death upon completing an autopsy and notifying the victim’s family.

Anyone with any information on the shootings should contact NOPD or CrimeStoppers.

Contact Information

  • NOPD Homicide Detective Matthew Riffle
    • Phone: 504-658-5300
  • CrimeStoppers
    • Phone: 504-822-1111
    • Toll-Free: 877-903-STOP

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