The NOPD has arrested Lionel Cheneau (DOB: 09-22-1985) in connection with a shooting that occurred in the early hours today (September 10, 2017) in the 2100 block of N. Claiborne Avenue and wounded four victims.
At about 1:46 a.m., Fifth District officers responded to a call of an aggravated battery by shooting in the area. Upon arrival, officers discovered four people - three females and one male - outside of a night club suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The victims were transported via EMS to area hospitals for treatment.
As investigation into the incident occurred, detectives discovered that the male victim and another individual later identified as Cheneau were reportedly involved in a verbal altercation inside of a bar in the area. After the two exited the bard and the victim arrived at the passenger side of his vehicle, Cheneau reportedly produced a firearm and fired multiple rounds toward the victim and a group of female bystanders. The male victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was transported via EMS to an area hospital in critical condition, while the three female victims were transported via EMS to an area hospital in stable condition.
Following the incident, Cheneau reportedly flagged down Louisiana State Police patrolling in the area, stating he was allegedly being shot at by unknown subjects. Cheneau was transported to the Fifth District Station, where he reportedly confessed his involvement in the incident during a subsequent interview by detectives.
Cheneau was arrested and booked into the Orleans Parish Justice Center for attempted second degree murder and three counts of aggravated battery by shooting.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Fifth District detectives at 504-658-6050. Citizens with information that can help solve crimes are asked to call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 1-877-903-STOP.