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Suspect arrested in fatal shooting of grandmother in N.O. East

NEW ORLEANS - Members of the NOPD's Violent Offenders Warrants Squad arrested a suspected gunman Friday in the shooting death of a New Orleans East grandmother and the wounding of her 4-year-old grandson. 

The shooting happened last Sunday in the 13,100 block of Maplewood Drive. The boy was shot to the face and remains hospitalized. The grandmother, 44-year-old Helene Jackson, was shot multiple times and died at the scene.

Detectives believe the motive was drug-related robbery.

The VOWS Unit picked up 23-year-old Thomas Lam after information and leads from witnesses in the neighborhood implicated him as a suspect. At about 3 p.m. Friday, the VOWS Unit received a tip that Lam was at work in the 5000 block of Bragg Street. He was apprehended without incident. Lam was relocated to the homicide office, where he refused to cooperate with detectives.

Detectives conducted a search of Lam's house and located a handgun. Thomas Lam was previously arrested for carrying an illegal firearm during a crime.

Superintendent Ronal Serpas released the following statement:

"This was another case where a suspect recklessly fired a weapon, wounding anyone who happened to be in his path, including a 4-year-old boy," said a statement released by Superintendent Ronal Serpas. "Criminals like this don't deserve to walk freely among us in our neighborhoods. I commend Detective Ryan Vaught for his constant pursuit for answers in this case. And we're grateful for all of the help provided by members of the community. The information they shared assisted investigators in identifying this gunman which led to his swift arrest."

Citizens with information that can help solve crimes are asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111. Tipsters could receive a cash reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to an arrest and indictment.

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