... the foursome drove up next to five young people and sprayed bullets at them shortly before midnight...
Click to view image: 'cfeee67a0a90-sheltonconerlyjpg3ce36886ce43aa74_small.jpg'
Click to view image: '5bdd6351abab-navarrejpg29d6eb6ac57fa5e7_small.jpg'
Click to view image: '363e3c758c8f-johnsonjpgb84f02996cb5e715_small.jpg'
Click to view image: 'e55ec26efd0a-callowayjpgde9081cbe19d5b4b_small.jpg'
Four young men accused of wounding two teens during a drive-by shooting near the Crescent City Connection late Friday have been arrested, according to the New Orleans Police Department.
Three of the four were arrested Sunday and a fourth accomplice placed into custody Tuesday after detectives obtained a warrant for his arrest Monday, said officer Janssen Valencia, an NOPD spokesman.
Jumichael Navarre, 18; Phillip Calloway, 19; and Irvin I. Johnson, 19, were each booked Sunday with five counts of attempted first-degree murder, because five passengers were in the car they are accused of firing upon. Shelton Conerly Jr., 19, was booked Tuesday.
Police said the foursome drove up next to five young people riding along a stretch of the West Bank Expressway above Nunez Street, near the Mississippi River bridge's toll booths, and sprayed bullets at them shortly before midnight, according to the police report.
Two young men, 18 and 17, were struck, but their injuries were not life-threatening, police said.
The victims later told investigators that the gunmen followed them in a silver Nissan Maxima from a Gretna nightclub where they all partied.
A Crescent City Connection police officer -- not realizing what had happened -- pulled the Maxima over for speeding shortly after the shooting. The Maxima sped away as the officer walked toward it, the NOPD report stated.
The officer ran the Maxima's license plate, which eventually led the NOPD detectives who took over the investigation to the car's registered owner, a New Orleans man. The owner pointed police to his daughter, who told investigators she let Navarre and his friends borrow the Maxima to visit the Gretna club.
The daughter, meanwhile, followed the foursome to and from the club in a rented car, according to the report. She told investigators she trailed them and saw them open fire on a car approaching the toll booths.
shelton-conerly.jpgShelton ConerlyJohnson positioned the Maxima next to the victims' car, according to the girl's statement, while Navarre shot a handgun at the car from the front passenger seat. Calloway fired a rifle from the rear driver's-side seat, she told police, and Conerly lifted his upper body out of the window and shot a gun over the car at the victims.
The girl later picked up the four at the corner of Second and Freret streets in Central City. She said she drove them to Navarre's house in the 1200 block of South Galvez Street. Inside, the four "debated how to dispose of evidence in her car" and asked the girl to report her license plate stolen, according to the report.
Investigators, led by Detective Andrew Packer, booked Navarre, Calloway and Johnson into Orleans Parish Prison Sunday by 9 a.m. Connerly was booked in the prison by noon Tuesday.
A judge later set their bonds at $1.25 million. They all remained behind bars Tuesday.
Johnson, Conerly and Calloway have all been arrested on various criminal counts in the past. Navarre does not have a criminal record in Orleans Parish, according to Criminal District Court records.
One count of attempted first-degree murder carries a prison sentence of between 10 and 50 years upon conviction.
|Liveleak on Facebook|