Saturday, June 15, 2013

From Garden District Security

Friday’s discovery of a man found dead in his house in the 2100 block of Prytania in the Lower Garden District is still under investigation and a mystery to nearby neighbors.
The Uptown Messenger has been covering the story: 

Mystery surrounds fatal Lower Garden District shooting

A broken screen and window panes on the front door of a home in the 2000 block of Prytania, where a man was found shot to death early Friday morning. (Robert Morris,

The house on Prytania near Josephine where a man was found shot to death early Friday. (Robert Morris,
After a man widely described as helpful and good-natured was found bound and fatally shot to the head in the living room of a Prytania Street home early Friday, neighbors are wondering what could have gone so wrong to bring him to such a shocking fate. 
“He was cool,” said Liz Murillo, a cashier at the Zara’s grocery next door. “He never messed with anybody. That’s the shocking part — why him?”
Police arrived at the home in the 2000 block of Prytania around 1 a.m. to find the man dead with a single gunshot wound to the head, and neighbors say they’ve been told he was bound when he was discovered. The home had been ransacked, police say, and the front door showed damage that included a torn screen and broken window panes.
Joe Zara, owner of the grocery and of the house where the shooting occurred, said the victim was named Ahmad Sheppard, and that he was prompt with the rent, likeable, “the kind of guy you just want to hug.” The victim actually lived in an apartment on the opposite side of the home than the unit he was found in, Zara said.
“How he landed up over here, I don’t know,” Zara said. “It doesn’t make sense.”
Christian Bond, Zara’s son, said the man was constantly at work at a club on Bourbon Street. He didn’t drive, so he was always on foot, and frequently came in for groceries — most recently just a day or two ago for cigarettes. He had lived at the house for more than three years and never caused a problem, Bond said.
“I still can’t believe this happened to him,” Bond said. “It’s supposed to be a nice area. I was thinking of moving in next door. Now I have second thoughts.”
Police are still looking for the victim’s 2008 white Jeep Cherokee with Louisiana license plate WPR 618. Anyone with information is urged to call CrimeStoppers at 822-1111.

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