Apr 132017

A man was killed on the 300 block of Jane Place in Mid-City Tuesday evening.

By Claire Byun

The New Orleans Coroner’s Office released the identity of the man killed Tuesday evening during a shooting on the 300 block of Jane Place.

Craig Bryant, 52, died from gunshot wounds, officials said.

The shooting occurred in the 300 block of Jane Place and was reported by the NOPD just before 6:30 p.m., police said. Neighbors said they heard about 15 shots.

Tuesday’s murder marks the second Mid-City murder in three days. A man was killed Saturday on the 600 block of South Scott Street; when police arrived around 2:30 p.m. they found the victim lying in the street.

The victim originally was reported in critical condition, but around 7:30 p.m. police said he had died.

The Mid-City Neighborhood Organization sent a letter to New Orleans Police Department officials – as well as city government officials – asking for more help to combat the rising violence in the area.

“This neighborhood needs the full attention of city agencies,” the letter said. “We know NOPD is doing what they can, but this area needs task force attention. Help shut down the drug houses, schedule some visits by probation officers, work to identify violent offenders who may be hiding out in the area.”

Mallory LeBlanc, co-founder of the Tulane Banks Neighborhood Association, said she heard about 15 shots from her front porch. This Mid-City murder – the second in about three days – is disheartening to LeBlanc.

“It’s so senseless. It breaks my heart,” she said. “I don’t know what’s going on in our community.”

Out of the seven murders in the city this year, about a third of them have been in Mid-City. NOPD First District Commander Hans Ganthier told his officers earlier Tuesday to stick around the area of Tulane Avenue, Ulloa Street and Banks Avenue to cut down on the crime in that area.

“This is why I have everybody in this area,” Ganthier said. “We’ve pretty much put everything in there.”

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