Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Aug. 6) secured a murder indictment against a New Orleans man accused of killing a teen as part of a mass shooting in Mid-City last September.
Dijon Dixon was charged with the second-degree murder of 17-year-old Cornelius Smith, seven counts of attempted second-degree murder, and obstructing justice in a homicide investigation in the nine-count indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury.
Dixon, 18, faces a mandatory lifetime prison sentence if convicted on the murder charge.
Dixon is accused of driving up next to a car packed with eight occupants and opening fire with another gunman on the group near the intersection of Canal Street and City Park Avenue, just before 10:30 p.m. on Sept. 20, 2019.
Smith, seated in the rear of the targeted car just behind the driver’s seat, was shot multiple times and died from his injuries. Five other occupants of the vehicle also were injured by gunfire, while two escaped unharmed.
At least two witnesses identified Dixon as one of the assailants. The second gunman remains at large.
Assistant District Attorney Sarah Dawkins presented the case to the grand jury.
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