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City employee booked in teen's shooting

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New Orleans, La. - A city employee has been booked in connection with the shooting of a 14-year-old in the Marigny early Friday morning.

The victim has been identified only as a teenage boy. He sustained a gunshot wound to the head and is listed in critical condition.

A woman who knows the teen describes him as a devoted brother to his siblings, and she says he attends school regularly.

The suspect is identified as 33-year-old Merritt Landry. According to Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office inmate docket information, Landry was booked with attempted second-degree murder. Landry works as a building inspector with the Historic District Landmarks Commission.

Landry was released from jail Friday evening on a $100,000 bond.

The shooting happened just after 2 a.m. in the 700 block of Mandeville Street. According to investigators, Landry fired one shot at the teen, who was in Landry's front yard near Landry's car at the time.

A nearby business owner gave surveillance video of the incident to detectives. He described what he says a teen was doing in the footage.

"Hiding, ducking in and out, and then you see them go over Merritt's fence. Five to 10 minutes later... it's hard to make, but you can see some form of a light flash. Then, three to four minutes later, squad cars pull up," said Charlie Hazouri. 

Investigators said the attempted second-degree murder charge was based on a review of crime scene evidence and the evaluation of multiple interviews.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu released the following statement:

Although the incident is still under investigation, it is clear that this was a tragedy. The New Orleans Police Department will continue to thoroughly investigate this matter to ensure that all of the facts are brought to light.

Early Friday evening, the Mayor's Office reported that Landry has been placed on emergency suspension, without pay, pending the outcome of an ongoing criminal investigation.

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