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Man arrested in October carjacking, shooting

Byron Johnson, 20 (OPSO) Byron Johnson, 20 (OPSO)

New Orleans, La.- Police arrested 20-year-old Byron Johnson Wednesday night for the carjacking and attempted murder of an Uptown man last October. 

Detectives arrested Johnson at his residence in the 8800 block of Gervais Street in connection with the shooting of a 51-year-old man as he sat in his driveway in the 3400 block of Camp Street on October 2, 2012. 

Police say Johnson shot the victim in the chest, and detectives believe Johnson and two others entered the victim's house and stole several of him and his wife's belongings as he suffered from the gunshot.

The group also took the victim's keys and got away in his Cadillac. 

Because no eye witnesses have come forward, detectives in this case have been relying on forensic and physical evidence to link Johnson to the crimes.

Several of the victims' belongings had been recovered from Johnson's residence soon after the crime was committed last October.   

Johnson is booked with attempted first degree murder, aggravated burglary, armed robbery, possession of stolen property and theft of an automobile.    

Johnson previously had 12 felony arrests, ten misdemeanor arrests and was listed as a possible career criminal.  He was also on probation for illegal carrying of a weapon from June 2011 through December 2012. 

"This suspect's record, with multiple illegal firearm charges- including his arrest just last September- which was just a month before the Camp Street shooting- is nothing less than reprehensible, and the people of New Orleans deserve better", said Superintendent Ronal Serpas. 

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