Gentilly, LA: Teenage murder victim identified killer during 911 call, suspect turns himself in

An 18-year-old man sought in the killing of a teen calling 911 turned himself in to authorities on Monday.

NOPD: Teenage murder victim identified killer during 911 call

Marquis Matthews
Credit: NOPD

NEW ORLEANS Police say a teenage murder victim was able to identify his killer to 911 operators before he died Friday in Gentilly and they have now obtained an arrest warrant for the suspect.

Saturday night, New Orleans police announced they are searching for Marquis Matthews, 17, in connection with the shooting death of Marc Canty III, 18.

Canty was found shot to death in the 2100 block of Selma St. Friday afternoon just after 4 p.m.

He was on the phone with 911 operators after being shot and was able to give them the identity of Matthews as he was on the phone, being chased on foot before he died, police said.



Mark Canty, 18, was on the phone with police dispatch when he was killed in Gentilly on Friday afternoon, according to Gentilly Police.

Neighbors said they had never seen Canty before, but they said he had a look of terror on his face when he rushed to the 2011 block of Selma Street. Canty told them he was being chased and needed to use their phone to call 911.

The neighbors, who didn’t want to be identified, didn’t recognize Canty or the other two people he was with, but they felt compelled to let him borrow their phone.

Canty told dispatch he was being chased by two men with guns. He was still on the phone with them when he was gunned down.

Minutes later, he was found lying face-down, shot multiple times in the back yard of a home next door to the home where he was pleading with the residents for help.



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