May 17, 2021

Lake Charles man sought in Central Business District shooting over the weekend | Crime/Police

New Orleans police say they are searching for a Lake Charles man suspected of being involved in a shooting in the Central Business District over the weekend.

Joshua Stewart, 19, is accused of shooting another 19-year-old man in the 100 block of Camp Street about 3:30 a.m. Saturday, police said.

Joshua Stewart mug

Joshua Stewart

According to investigators, the wounded man heard gunshots, turned to run, realized he had been hit in the leg and went to the hospital, police said.

Police didn’t say how they linked Stewart to the case. But they said they have obtained a warrant to arrest him on counts of aggravated battery and illegally discharging a gun during a crime of violence.

Investigators said they believe Stewart went to Lake Charles following the shooting.

The location of the shooting is about a block from where a 37-year-old Lymon Brignac of Lake Charles was shot to death on Sept. 8. Brignac’s son, 18-year-old Devin Levier, fired a pistol at someone moments after the deadly shooting, didn’t hit anyone. He was arrested on a count of illegally discharging a gun. Police detained a teenager accused of shooting Brignac but haven’t announced any charges.

Both of those shootings come amid an increase in gun violence citywide this year.

While overall crime in New Orleans has dropped almost 12% in 2020 when compared to last year, homicides have increased almost 55% and nonfatal shootings have jumped nearly 45%, according to unofficial statistics maintained by crime analyst Jeff Asher, who consults the City Council.

One person was injured as a result of an overnight shooting, according to the New Orleans Police Department.

Crimes reported in CBD, Little Woods, Hollygrove, Village de l’est

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