Woman surrenders, man sought in Lower Garden District assault

Woman surrenders, man sought in Lower Garden District assault

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A woman was arrested and a man is being sought in connection with an aggravated assault Thursday for a man and a woman in connection with an aggravated assault in the Lower Garden District.

The incident occurred Wednesday at just before 9 a.m. near the intersection of Magazine and St. Andrew streets. Shaniece Johnson, 19, surrendered Thursday to police. Detectives are still looking for 19-year-old Charlton Porter.

According to investigators, the 19-year-old victim said he and his 23-year-old friend were about to walk into a business in the area when Porter got out of a black Jeep Liberty and asked them for a light for a cigarette. The victim said he gave him a light, and he and his friend walked into the business while Porter returned to the Jeep.

The victim said he recognized Porter, who he said is known to be violent, from the neighborhood. Fearing for his safety, the victim called his 17-year-old friend and asked him to meet him and his other friend at the business in case Porter intended to harm them.

At 8:58 a.m., as the victims were leaving the business, Porter exited passenger's the side of the Jeep and fired multiple shots at them. Porter then jumped backed into the Jeep, which was driven by Johnson, and the two fled up Magazine Street.

Neither victim was injured during the shooting.

Sixth District detectives said they received several statements from witnesses in the area that helped them identify Porter and Johnson.

Johnson turned herself in at the Seventh District Police Station in New Orleans East and was booked with one count of accessory after the fact to aggravated assault.

Porter remains at large. A warrant was issued for his arrest on three counts of aggravated assault.

This investigation is on-going.

The Sixth District Investigative unit is in charge of the investigation and can be reached at (504) 658-6070.

Citizens with information that can help solve this crime are asked to call Crimestoppers at 822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP. You could receive a cash reward of up to $2,500 for the information leading only to the arrest, except on homicides, where Crimestoppers will pay half of the reward upon the arrest and half on the indictment of the responsible person(s). You do not have to give your name nor testify to receive the reward but you must contact Crimestoppers directly with your information. Citizens can also submit an anonymous tip online to Crimestoppers at www.crimestoppersgno.org.

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