Chalmette fatal shooting not a random act, victim's identity released

Chalmette fatal shooting not a random act, victim's identity released

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Sheriff's deputies say a man shot in Chalmette Tuesday night might have been targeted by robbers who stole his vehicle.

Keith Guerra, 30, who previously lived in Chalmette, but moved to New Orleans, was shot to death at 7:20 p.m. on Palmisano Boulevard near the intersection of Missouri Street.

Two men rear-ended the victim's Chevrolet Impala, got out and argued with him, then one of the men shot Guerra and injured his passenger, according to investigators.

The gunman and his accomplice drove away in Guerra's car and a light-colored SUV, possibly a Ford. Deputies released a surveillance image of the vehicle Wednesday.

Officers believe Guerra was followed from New Orleans or the perpetrators knew where he was going.

Authorities are not releasing the name of the second victim, who is a witness.

Col. John Doran said the passenger was using illicit drugs in New Orleans East earlier in the day. He called Guerra and asked him for a ride back to Chalmette.

Both vehicles have not been found.

An off-duty deputy who lives in the area where Guerra was shot heard at least two gunshots and found the victim on the street, according to Sheriff James Pohlmann. The victim died on the scene.

Anyone with information on the murder should call the Sheriff's Office at 504-271-2501 or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.

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