Attached you will find two press releases which outline two homicides that occurred in the city of Gretna within a 12 hour period at two different locations within our city.  It should be also noted these are the first homicides in the city of Gretna this year, and that both homicides have been solved and were done so within a 24 hour period of the incidents occurrence, with 2 suspects apprehended and one suspect identified with a warrant obtained for an arrest. 

The city of Gretna experienced only two homicides in the previous year, 2018.

 

HOMICIDE

November 2, 2019

24/7 Lounge

#17 Westbank Expressway

 

On Saturday, November 2, 2019, at approximately 3:40am, Gretna Police 911 Communications received a call regarding a disturbance at #17 Westbank Expressway, The 24/7 Lounge. As officers were responding the dispatcher received additional information that shots had been fired inside of the lounge. 

Upon arrival at the scene officers observed a large crowd of patrons in the parking lot as well as numerous patrons fleeing in vehicles from the scene. 

Upon entering the bar, officers observed a black male lying on the floor of the bar with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the neck area.  Gretna Police Department Emergency Medical Services arrived on the scene and transported the individual to University Hospital where the individual was pronounced deceased.  The individual is identified as, Elroy Raymond, black male, 02/28/1997, residing at the Oasis Motel, #70 Westbank Expressway.

 While on the scene investigating the Gretna Police Department received a call from West Jefferson Hospital that they had an individual in the emergency room who had received gunshot wounds to both legs and had been involved in an incident at the 24/7 Lounge.  This individual was later determined to be only a by stander who had been hit and not involved in the incident.

 Detectives have obtained evidence and interviewed numerous witnesses on the scene and have obtained a warrant for the perpetrator and are attempting to locate the person at this time.

 If anyone has any information regarding this incident, please call the Gretna Police Department at 504-366-4374 or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.

 Authorized by:

 Arthur S. Lawson, Jr.

Chief of Police

HOMICIDE APPREHENSION

11/02/2019

24/7 Lounge, #17 Westbank Expressway

 On November 4, 2019, approximately 4:55pm, the perpetrator of the homicide that occurred at the 24/7 Lounge, #17 Westbank Expressway was apprehended by members of the Gretna Police Department at 205 Helios Drive, Waggaman.

 The perpetrator was identified as Brian Young, black male, DOB: 11/03/1975, who resides at 111 Lambda Street, Belle Chasse, Louisiana.

 Authorized by:

 Arthur S. Lawson, Jr.

Chief of Police 

 

HOMICIDE

November 2, 2019

Gretna Park Apartments

901 Gretna Boulevard, Gretna, Louisiana

On Saturday, November 2, 2019, at approximately 3:22pm members of the Gretna Police Department were dispatched to the Gretna Park Apartments, 901 Gretna Boulevard, in reference to a shooting.

Upon arrival officers located a black male, later identified as Walter Wilson, B/M, DOB 09/21/1987, last known address 901 Gretna Boulevard, Apt. # B9-15, with multiple gunshot wounds and had succumbed to his injuries on the scene. Mr. Wilson’s body was turned over the the Jefferson Parish Coroner’s Office on the scene.

Through witnesses statements officers were able to develop two suspects, Willie Slater, black male, 09/08/1982, with the last known address of 901 Gretna Boulevard, Apt # A1-16, and his brother, Harold Slater, black male, 05/04/1986, who also resided at 901 Gretna Boulevard, Apt. #A1-02.

Witnesses were able to positively identify both Willie Slater and Harold Slater as the individuals responsible for the death of Walter Wilson.

Detectives were able to locate both suspects at 901 Gretna Boulevard, where they were arrested without incident.

Detectives were able to obtain a confession and where the weapon had been discarded.  Detectives have located the weapon which is a black M & P Shield semi-automatic .40 caliber handgun.

Information uncovered by detectives is that the incident was a result of a continued ongoing dispute between the individuals involved over a female and drugs.

Both suspects were transported to the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center and booked with 2nd Degree Homicide.

Willie Slater has previous felony arrest with four (4) convictions.  The arrest are for Distribution of Cocaine and Aggravated Battery.  The four convictions are for the Cocaine Distribution.

Harold Slater has previous felony arrest for narcotics violation with one conviction.

Authorized by:

Arthur S. Lawson, Jr.

Chief of Police

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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