Sheriff’s Office Arrests Meraux Man For Attempted Second Degree Murder

Gabriel Nelson.

The St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office arrested a Meraux man for shooting a man from Violet whom he had been feuding with over a woman, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.  

Gabriel Nelson, 29, of the 2000 block of Walkers Lane in Meraux, was booked Thursday, May 27 with attempted second-degree murder.  

On Wednesday, May 26, at approximately 10:45 p.m., Sheriff Pohlmann said, deputies responded to a call about a male suffering from a gunshot wound in the 3000 block of Stacie Drive in Violet.  

When deputies arrived on the scene, they found a male victim lying in the grass of an empty lot suffering from three gunshot wounds to his upper left thigh. 

The victim was transported to an area hospital to be treated for his injuries. Sheriff Pohlmann said no one else was injured in the incident. 

During the course of the investigation, detectives with the Criminal Investigations Bureau were able to identify Nelson as the shooter through eyewitness accounts, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Nelson turned himself in and was booked on the above charge. A criminal history check was conducted on Nelson which revealed he is a registered sex offender.

Citizens who want to share information with detectives about this incident or any other criminal activity pertaining to St. Bernard Parish or any of its residents can do so by calling the Sheriff’s Office at (504) 271-2501. They also can call the Criminal Investigations Bureau’s tip hotline, (504) 271-TIPS or 8477. Callers can leave a detailed message, and either choose to provide their contact information or remain anonymous.