NEW ORLEANS — A 50-year-old woman was found fatally shot in a parked white SUV in Gentilly Saturday night, a statement from the New Orleans Police Department said early Sunday morning.
Police officers with NOPD's Third District were sent to the 6300 block of Elysian Fields Avenue to look into a report of gunshots being fired in the area.
NOPD units responding to the call found the woman in an SUV parked in the parking lot of a business.
Paramedics with New Orleans Emergency Medical Services were called to the scene. They pronounced the woman dead at the scene.
More information from NOPD about the killing may be forthcoming as the investigation continues, police said.
The Orleans Parish Coroner's Office will release the victim's name after an autopsy is performed to determine the official cause and nature of death, but the victim's name will not be released before reaching the victim's family.
NOPD officials labeled the killing a homicide, which means investigators with the police department's homicide unit will lead the efforts into finding out what happened.
As NOPD homicide investigators continue looking for clues at the scene and talking to people who may have known, seen or heard anything to find out who killed the victim, how and why, the investigation is far from over, but police said they're willing to hear from people with information.
NOPD Homicide Detective Rayell Johnson is assigned to the case. To contact the detective, call 504.658.5300.
Anyone willing to share information that can help police in the investigation can call CrimeStoppers at 504.822.1111 or toll-free 1.877.903.7867
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