MARRERO, La. -- Jefferson Parish deputies are investigating a shooting that left a father of three, and an active member of the Army, dead Wednesday night. Deputies were also looking for the victim’s vehicle which was taken from the scene of the murder, but that vehicle has since been recovered by JPSO.
The murder happened at about 9:43 p.m., January 1, in the 6100 block of Ray Street in Marrero.
Deputies found the victim, who has been identified as 31-year-old Joseph Anderson, shot to death in the driveway at that location. Anderson died from a single gunshot wound to the head.
According to the sheriff’s office, Anderson dropped off his three children at his in-laws’ home on Ray St. shortly before the shooting took place. A family member says after Anderson left the home, he heard a pop, but didn't pay too much attention to the noise, thinking it was someone shooting off fireworks in the neighborhood.
Deputies say the family called 911 after someone knocked on their door a few minutes after Anderson left, to tell them there was a man lying on the ground outside of their home. James Rowan, a neighbor, said he did not notice any suspicious activity last night. He walked out of his home after seeing emergency vehicle lights outside and saw Anderson body on the pavement.
"For the man to go out there and serve his country and then come home and get killed, that's just tragic," said Rowan.
The sheriff's office hasn't named a suspect or listed a motive. Deputies believe Anderson was accosted after leaving the home. He was shot and his vehicle was stolen.
Thursday morning, a resident living in the Lincolnshire subdivision in Marrero called 911 after discovering the 4-Runner he recalled seeing on the news, parked near the corner of Rue Louis Phillipe and Tuskegee Drive in Marrero. The vehicle was towed to the JPSO Crime Lab for processing. Colonel John Fortunato said the SUV had been ransacked but most of Anderson’s personal belongings appeared to be still on his person a short time after he was shot.
David Anderson, brother to the victim, issued the following statement:
“He was my little brother. He was a great friend and father. He was passionate about his family and the Army and will be greatly missed.”
Anyone with information on this vehicle, or who may have information relative to the murder of Joseph Anderson is asked to call Detective Melvin Francis at 364-5300 or CRIMESTOPPERS.