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Two young men shoot it out in New Orleans and leave suspects everywhere

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Reported by Liku Zelleke

A recording of police scanner traffic has given a minute-by-minute account of the New Orleans Police Department response to a shooting incident that occurred on Sunday. The recording describes the intense search that followed the shooting as well as the discovery of victim after victim as the scene unfolded.

A total of nine people were shot in the 700 block of Bourbon Street in New Orleans.

Later that night, NOPD released additional surveillance footage and said that pictures from the video with description details of the suspects would be released as soon as possible.

An interim LSU Hospital spokeswoman has confirmed that of the nine victims that were wounded, one was in critical condition while four others were in stable condition. The conditions of the remaining victims were not immediately available, but it is known that at least one of them was released from the hospital on the same day and that the others had suffered non-life threatening injuries.

The NOPD held a news conference on Sunday afternoon, just a few feet away from the scene of the shootings. Superintendent Ronald Serpas said that the shooting was the result of “two cowardly young men” who had been trying to settle a dispute between themselves “without a moment’s care for anyone else.” He also added that some of the victims were not from New Orleans.

Serpas then went on to say that at the time of the shooting there were three officers within a block of the crime scene and had responded immediately. He said that a total of 25 officers had been on patrol at the time, throughout the Eighth District, including the French Quarter, Marigny and Treme neighborhoods.

Meanwhile, Mayor Mitch Landrieu has released a statement:

These kinds of incidents will not go unanswered. NOPD was in the immediate vicinity at the time of the incident, and I am confident that between video evidence and eyewitness accounts, we will bring the perpetrators to justice. Our crime fighting efforts have brought murders in the city of New Orleans to a historic nearly 30-year low. But on days like today, the statistics don’t matter because every life is precious – from the 9th Ward to the French Quarter. We will not rest until every corner of this city is safe.

James

16 Comment

  1. The title of the article? Is that correct? SUSPECTS? Or VICTIMS?

    I’ve been to Bourbon street once and that was enough for me, folks are allowed to drink liquor in the street, crowded with drunks throwing up in the street, trash everywhere, outside sex can be seen in the back alley way. Ratched atmosphere for sure, ghetto, mostly whites and oppressed poor black locals trying to make a buck selling drugs and sex to tourist.. so I’m not surprised this happened, actually I thought this would happen more often on Bourbon ST than it has, its a recipe for disaster..

  2. Where do these sites get their writers from, elementary school? Almost every article that appears on these sites are poorly written, or call victims; suspects, or call admirals; generals. And we wonder why some of us can’t get a job at a reputable organization.

  3. I don't usually comment on such stories, but your headline is completely erroneous. Some of the worst reporting I have ever had the displeasure of reading as a degreed communications professional is on this site. If anything, the incident left VICTIMS everywhere…not suspects. If that were the case, an arrest would have been made by now. THIS NEW ORLEANIAN WOULD APPRECIATE IF YOU COULD #GETITRIGHT!

  4. I SAY SOME PARENTS NEED TO TEACH THEIR KIDS BETTER STANDARD AND PUT SOME OF GOD FEAR IN THEIR HEARTS BECAUSE SOME KIDS TELL THE PARENTS WHAT TO DO OR WHAT THEY ARE NOT GOING TO DO BECAUSE WHEN I WAS COMING UP IF YOU DID SOMETHING WRONG AT MRS. THOMASON HOUSE YOU WOULD GET A BETTING AT HER HOUSE BY HER AND WHEN YOU GET HOME YOU WOULD GET ANOTHER BETTING BUT NOW KIDS DO WHAT THE HELL THEY WANT TO FORGIVE ME FOR SAYING THIS BUT IT IS TRUE WITH SOME PARENTS ALSO WHAT WE TRULY NEED IS THE WORD OF GOD ALL OVER EVERY GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS IN THE WORLD AMEN AMEN AMEN

  5. When are we going to stop killing each other, we have enough of that from everybody else. Please people we need to learn too love and understand each other. Nothing is so bad that you can’t sit down and talk about it. If it is, then you need to seek advice from the neighborhood preachers!

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