Violent start to weekend as police investigate six N.O. murders

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Posted on July 27, 2012 at 9:31 PM

Updated Saturday, Jul 28 at 2:29 PM

Tania Dall / Eyewitness News
Email: tdall@wwltv.com | Twitter: @taniadall

NEW ORLEANS -- The weekend is off to a violent start. In less than 24 hours, police were called to four separate murder scenes. In all, six people are dead.

The first happened just after 12 a.m. in the 2000 block of Marais Street in the 7th Ward. The male victim was shot multiple times and died at the hospital, according to police.

The second fatal shooting occurred in the 2700 block of Verbena Street in Gentilly around 4 p.m. Police say  Milton Womack, 61, was shot dead.

Fifteeen minutes after the Gentilly shooting, police responded to a home in the 1900 block of Old Prieur Street, again in the 7th Ward, where they found Consuela Lewis, 58; her son Kevin Lewis, 26; and his wife lachandra lewis, 28 shot dead.

Around 10 p.m., a 23-year-old man was shot and killed in the 3700 block of North Villere Street in the St. Claude area, according to police.  He was found lying in the front lawn of a house there. The victim was identified as Joshua Mosley, 23.

"I don't want to be over there," said neighbor Linda Lazard who watched stunned and shocked as homicide detectives swarmed her apartment complex on Old Prieur Street.

"She's a hard working person. She do sitting work with patients and works overnight. She's a nice person. Last night, we were all sitting on the porch and talking until 11:00," said Lazard of her neighbor she called "Connie." Lazard says Connie's apartment is now the focus of a triple murder investigation and that neighbors spotted something unusual outside the apartment.

"They was telling me her door was open and the gate was open, and you know why would Connie leave her gate and stuff open?" said Lazard holding back tears.

NOPD Chief Ronal Serpas showed up to speak with detectives and neighbors. Chief Serpas says around 4:15 p.m. police were called out to the neighborhood to check on an apartment and that's when officers made a gruesome discovery.

"Upon entering the house we have discovered unfortunately two victims of murder, two females and a male. We don't see any evidence at this time that the house was tampered or broken into," said Chief Serpas.

Police now say two women ages 28 and 58 and a 26-year-old man were killed. Neighbors tell Eyewitness News that they didn't hear any gunshots, only emergency sirens arriving to the Seventh Ward block.

"We've checked the radio runs for the last 24 hours in this area and there was no calls for service to the police about gunshots, there were no calls to police about suspicious persons," added Chief Serpas.

New Orleans native Alexander Williams and other on-lookers watched detectives collect evidence in Friday's triple murder. Williams says sadly, its become all too familiar.

"Its just another common scene. We see a lot of violence in New Orleans," said Williams.

The Orleans Parish Coroner's Office has not identified the four victims from Friday's two shootings until family members are notified.

If you can help police solve either case call Crime Stoppers at 822-1111.

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