Police say gang violence to blame for double murder near CCC

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Posted on December 6, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 6 at 9:17 PM

Paul Murphy / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS -- Two men are now in Orleans Parish Prison charged in a high-profile double murder last month in Algiers.

Police say Kevin Thomas, 23 and Isaac Pierre, 20, shot and killed Deshawn Butler, 25 and his 7-month-old son Deshawn Kinard.

The shooting happened Nov. 13, on General DeGaulle Drive as they rode in a car near the Crescent City Connection bridge.

Thursday night, police arrested the suspects in the 5100 block of Franklin Avenue in the Gentilly neighborhood. Detectives developed information that the two were staying at a nearby house 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," said NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas. "We also found multiple guns in the car Thomas and Pierre were driving when they were arrested last night."

Police say the same house on Lafaye Street was the scene of a double murder one week after the killing of Butler and his son.

"The victims in that case were 21-year-old Verdell Lewis and 22-year-old Kerry Pierre," said Serpas. "Kerry is the brother of Isaac Pierre, one of the men we arrested last night."

According to the application for the arrest warrant, Thomas and Pierre may have targeted Deshawn Butler because he reportedly shot at them earlier that day near the intersection of Lawrence Street and Lauradale Drive in Algiers.

Police say Butler was a member of the "Fischer Boys" street gang that is now involved in an ongoing feud with the rival "Hot Block" gang.

"There is no doubt in our minds that Butler was involved with gang activity on the West Bank," said Serpas. "There's no doubt in our minds that he knew his assailants. There's no doubt in our minds that he may have been responsible for serious injuries to other persons in the community."

Police say they found the stolen van used in the Butler shooting, burned up on the Mississippi River levee along Patterson Avenue in Algiers.

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