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Police say investigation into murders of father and son is extensive


NEW ORLEANS - Police said their investigation into the fatal shooting of a man and his son is extensive and certainly not over.

On Thursday, officers arrested two men, 23-year-old Kevin Thomas and 20-year-old Isaac Pierre. Both are booked with two counts of first-degree murder.

They're accused of killing 25-year-old Deshawn Butler and his 7-month-old son, Deshawn Kinard.

Chief Ronal Serpas said the shooting stemmed from a feud between two rival gangs, the Fischer Fools and The Hot Block gang.

"There is no doubt that Butler was involved in gang activity on the Westbank," Serpas said. "There is no doubt in our minds that he knew his assailants."

Just after police arrested Thomas and Pierre, detectives served a search warrant on a Gentilly home in the 6000 block of Lafaye Street.

"During the search of the house, we found a small arsenal of guns, including assault rifles and hand guns," Serpas said.

Thursday night wasn't the first time police had been to the house on Lafaye. Only a week after the father and son's murders, two men - 21-year-old Verdell Lewis and 22-year-old Kerry Pierce - were murdered there.

"Kerry is the brother of Isaac Pierre, one of the men we arrested last night," Serpas said.

Police aren't saying whether the two murder victims were also suspects in the father and son's murder case.

According to our partners at NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, Pierre and Lewis had previously told a police informant, described in paperwork as an "associate," that they were involved in the double murder of the father and son.

"Right now the connection to the double murder in the house where we served a warrant has not been made to the killing of the 7-month-old," Serpas said.

As for the killings of little Deshawn Kinard and his father, police said they've found the stolen vehicle used in that shooting.

"That vehicle was torched about an hour after the shooting and left on the levee in the 3000 block of Patterson Street," Serpas said.

Serpas commended his homicide detectives for the work they've done, but he said it's the public that provided the tips needed so far.

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