This Here's Lil E, Wanted for a Fifth Ward Murder

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The man on the right looks like someone who's contemplating his future and realizing it just might not involve the best of all possible worlds, as Dr. Pangloss would say.

He's Lil E, a much more street-friendly name than the one he was originally given, which is Emanuel Babineaux. His first initials could have yielded something based on "EB," but there's not too much wrong with Lil E as a nickname. (As Weezy fans know, you don't mess around with such fancy things as apostrophes when giving a nickname.)

Babineaux's future looks dim if what HPD accuses him of is true. Police say he shot and killed a man standing near a Fifth Ward driveway in broad daylight yesterday.

If you can't feel safe standing in a driveway around noon on any given day, the neighborhood you're in is one you might consider avoiding. Of course the killing -- whether it was by Lil E or anyone -- might have a motive behind it as opposed to being a random act of terror.

Police say Michael Deschaumes Jordan, 30 -- who likely heard every "Michael Jordan" joke out there in situations he had to give his name to a cashier or someone like that -- was standing in a driveway in the 3700 block of Campbell about 12:40 p.m. yesterday when he was approached by Babineaux, 21.

Jordan was shot "several times," HPD says.

"He died at the scene," police say. "The male suspect fled the scene immediately after the shooting."

He's still at large.

"Further investigation developed information that identified Babineaux as the suspect in this case," HPD says.

Anyone with information in this case or on the whereabouts of Babineaux is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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