NOPD: Neighbor charged with murder of St. Claude woman killed Sunday

NOPD: Neighbor charged with murder of St. Claude woman killed Sunday

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - New Orleans police detectives have arrested a neighbor in the shooting death of a woman last Sunday in the St. Claude neighborhood.

The NOPD identified the suspected killer as 51-year-old Kierston Johnson.

She has been charged with one count of second-degree murder in connection with the homicide of 36-year-old Jessica May-Orr.

Police say around 2:46 p.m. they received a call about a shooting in the 1900 block of Port Street.

Upon arrival, officers discovered a female victim suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest inside of an apartment.

Jessica May-Orr was transported to the hospital by EMS where she later died from her injuries.

Police say the two women were neighbors, but they haven't given a motive for the shooting.

The investigation remains active at this time.

Homicide Detective Joseph Jefferson is in charge of the ongoing investigation and can be reached at 504-658-5300 with any other information regarding this incident. Citizens with information that can help solve a crime are asked to call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 1-877-903-STOP.

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