$100,000 bond posted for man who shot 14-year-old in the head

$100,000 bond posted for man who shot 14-year-old in the head
Photo provided by the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office.

POSTED: Saturday, July 27, 2013 - 6:07pm

UPDATED: Saturday, July 27, 2013 - 6:41pm

The man who was arrested for shooting an unarmed 14-year-old boy in the head was released on a $100,000 bond. The teen is still listed in critical condition.

The shooting happened shortly after 2:00 a.m. on Friday, July 26. According to the preliminary reports, the teen was captured on surveillance cameras climbing over a fenced-in yard. The homeowner, Merritt Landry, 33, fired a single shot at the unarmed teen, hitting him in the head.

“Although the incident is still under investigation, it is clear that this was a tragedy," Mayor Mitch Landrieu said. "The New Orleans Police Department will continue to thoroughly investigate this matter to ensure that all of the facts are brought to light.”

Those who live in the area say crime has increased over recent weeks. They claim Landry has recently had several items stolen from his property, including bicycles, scooters, and a lawnmower.

Back in April a 16-year-old was arrested for committing a series of armed robbers in the neighborhood. He turned himself in to police after they released surveillance video showing his intended victim fighting back. That incident happened within a 5-block area from where this shooting occurred.

Police have not provided any information relative to the teen, who is still listed in critical condition.

Landry, who is a building inspector for the City of New Orleans, was placed on emergency suspension, without pay, following his arrest. He was booked into the Orleans Parish Prison for Attempted Second-Degree Murder and was released on bond the same day.

In East Baton Rouge Parish, only one out of 44 homicides that have occurred during 2013 was ruled as self-defense with no charges filed. In that case the homeowner shot and killed a robbery suspect, Anthony Taylor, 20. Police say Taylor pulled a gun on the man and the two exchanged gunfire.

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