Arrest made in fatal shooting at Gentilly gas station

On Friday, the New Orleans police apprehended a man in connection with the murder of a father of two at a gasoline station in Gentilly due to gunshot wounds.

In the killing of Calvin “CJ” Brown Jr., a 41-year-old mail carrier, on October 18, Raymond Coats, a 20-year-old suspect, has been charged with second-degree murder. He was booked at the Orleans Justice Center for the crime of gunning down Brown in the 3400 block of Franklin Avenue.

According to the Police Department, Coats was apprehended on Stonewood Drive’s 7500 block. The shooting was captured on surveillance video, but there is no evidence yet to connect Coats to the crime.

According to his family and friends, Brown was a talented and creative man who held his 10-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son dear to his heart.

Earlier this month, Wanda Brown, the mother of the victim, expressed her grief over the senseless killing, which is unfortunately all too common in America. She lamented that they had taken away a man who would never have harmed anyone, leaving the community and families shattered.

Coats is currently awaiting a bond hearing at Criminal District Court.

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