A 29-year-old man remains on life support and a 27-year-old man is behind bars after a New Orleans police detective says the younger man confessed to a recent shooting in Little Woods.
The shooting took place outside the 29-year-old man’s home on Monday (Jan. 8), and left him with a gunshot wound to his head.
Christopher Alexander, 27, was arrested Thursday in connection with the shooting and faces one count of attempted second-degree murder. A warrant for Alexander’s arrest, sworn by New Orleans Police Detective Rayell Johnson, who works in the homicide unit, states a witness claimed Alexander “made threats via social media” against the wounded man and another person a day before the shooting.
After being advised of his Miranda Rights, including his right to remain silent, the warrant states, Alexander during an interview with Johnson “confessed to shooting” the victim.
Orleans Parish Magistrate Judge Harry Cantrell appointed the Orleans Public Defender’s Office to represent Alexander during his first appearance hearing on Friday. Cantrell found probable cause to hold Alexander and set his bond at $250,000.
Police were called about 6:45 a.m. to the scene in the 8000 block of Trapier Avenue, where the warrant states officers found “several” .45 caliber casings. A preliminary NOPD report stated the victim was shot while walking to his vehicle.
The 29-year-old man who the warrant stated, “is being kept alive only by life support,” lived at the home where he was left shot in the carport, according to his girlfriend’s father who was at the scene on Monday. Homicide investigators joined detectives at the rainy scene on Monday, routine protocol when victims are critically wounded.
A man standing behind the crime tape Monday who said he was the father of the victim’s girlfriend, said he came the the scene after his daughter called him, “hysterical,” saying her boyfriend had been shot.
“It’s just messed up,” the man, who asked not to be identified, said of the shooting. “I just don’t know what’s wrong with people today.”
2018 New Orleans murder map