NOPD increases Algiers patrols after 5 shootings, 3 murders

NOPD increases Algiers patrols after 5 shootings, 3 murders

ALGIERS, LA (WVUE) - After three murders in four days, New Orleans Police say it will increase patrols in Algiers as investigators try to determine if a rash of violence attacks are related. 
Investigators say five shootings during the violent four days do share some similarities.

"Currently, we're tracking down all evidence and just trying to see if we could link these three together or any of them together in how we can best further the investigations," NOPD Homicide Commander Doug Eckert said.
On Friday around 3 p.m., someone found a man's body underneath a home in the 1000 block of Pacific Avenue. The man's identity has yet to be released. 
Also around 10 p.m. Friday,  someone shot and killed former Edna Karr football standout Tollette "Tonka" George near the intersection of Lauradale Drive and Vespasian St. 
Family members said George recently graduated from Alcorn State University and was looking to coach football.

"He was one of the people that everyone loved, a great student. He wanted to come back to this city and be a coach and a mentor to the young people in this city," George's uncle Brannon Getridge said. "I tried my best talking to him not to come back because of the crime, and look what happened to him. But he just loved this city and wanted to come back."

The violence in Algiers continued on Sunday when someone shot and killed Errol Gant Jr. near Kent Drive and General Meyer Avenue.
On Monday, two men where shot in two separate incidents in Algiers. 
Police said both victims, one at the Jackson's Landing apartment complex on Garden Oaks Boulevard and the other on Tullis Drive, suffered non-life threatening injuries.

"I think it's noteworthy to say victims of these incidents over the weekend were targeted. This isn't stranger type cases. We feel certain that they were targeted," Eckert said. 
Police say each of the violent attacks escalated from a disagreement. Investigators have yet to name a suspect in any of the shootings.

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