NOPD makes 2 arrests, search for third suspect in killing of man and 3-year-old boy in Algiers

NOPD makes 2 arrests, search for third suspect in killing of man and 3-year-old boy in Algiers
19-year-old Ronjae Steadman (L) and 23-year-old Rodney Steadman (R) (Source: NOPD)

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) - The New Orleans Police Department gave an update on the the investigation into an Algiers triple shooting that left a man and a 3-year-old boy dead.

NOPD announced Tuesday that an arrest was made for the murder of a 3-year-old boy and an adult male who were killed Monday night in Algiers.

A woman was also injured in he shooting.

The Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office identified the victims as 23-year-old James Estem and 3-year-old Isaha Adams Friday morning.

During a press conference on Friday, NOPD Superintendent Shaun Ferguson stated that the two deceased victims are brothers. The female vicitim, who was identified as a 43-year-old woman, is the mother of the deceased victims.

Police arrested 19-year-old Ronjae Steadman after a brief vehicle chase shortly after the shooting. His brother, 23-year-old Rodney Steadman was later arrested in Houston.

NOPD continues to search for a third suspect who has been identified as 19-year-old Razaq Adekunle.

NOPD is searching for 19-year-old Razaq Adekunle.
NOPD is searching for 19-year-old Razaq Adekunle. (Source: NOPD)

The shooting happened around 7:20 p.m. near the intersection of Lebouf Street and Vespasian Boulevard.

When officers arrived they found a juvenile, a woman and a man suffering from gunshot wounds. The adult male victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman and the juvenile were transported to a local hospital by EMS for treatment.

The death of the toddler was released Tuesday morning.

The shooting remains under investigation.

If anyone has any information about the shooting, they are asked to contact NOPD Homicide Detective Thaddeus Williams at (504) 658-5300 or Crimestopper at (504) 822-1111.

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