NEWORLEANS -- The suspect, that fatally shot a man outside of a popular Lakeview restaurant due to an argument over child care, turned himself in, according to the New Orleans Police Department.
Police were called to the scene of the city's latest homicide on Friday afternoon. This time in Lakeview, and the victim was related to former New Orleans Saint PatSwilling.
Officers responded to a shooting in the 900 block of Harrison Avenue, at the Marshall Foch Street intersection, shortly before 3 p.m.
When police arrived outside of Mondo, Antonio Miller, 21, was lying on the ground where he died suffering multiple gunshot wounds.
The victim and the shooter, who both worked at Mondo, were involved in an ongoing feud over the care of the victim's child, who is also the suspect's granddaughter, according to police.
The victim was working at the time of the shooting, but the susepct, Farrel Sampier, was not, according to police.
Sampier, 44, was named as the prime suspect in the shooting Friday afternoon and he turned himself in around 11 p.m. that night. He was charged with second degree murder and brought to Central Lockup and held on a $200,000 bond.
'This murder suspect's criminal history is something that can't be ignored. He was arrested on 3 different occasions on illegal firearms charges. We need to ask- as a society- why so many murder suspects were on the streets, walking among people who have chosen not to lead criminal lifestyles, and given the opportunity- again and again- to use firearms. Too many murderers were given that option, and it's simply unjust to the people of New Orleans,' said Superintendent Ronal Serpas.
Swilling, who was at the scene, said that the victim was his nephew. Swilling's wife, Robin, said the victim had just been dropped off at work by his mother and said she was aware of the custody battle, which she assumed was the cause of the shooting.