The NOPD is investigating a shooting that occurred this morning (November 27, 2016) in the 100 block Bourbon Street involving a total of 10 victims, including one who has died from his injuries.
At about 1:26 a.m., NOPD officers received a call of shots fired near the intersection of Bourbon Street and Iberville Street. Dozens of NOPD officers working special event patrol were in the area at the time of the incident and responded immediately to the scene. Upon arrival, officers discovered nine victims at the scene suffering from gunshot wounds of varying severity. EMS and Acadian Ambulance transported the victims to a nearby hospital for treatment. One of the victims, identified as a male, died at the hospital as a result of his injuries.
Police later learned that a tenth victim from the scene who also sustained a gunshot wound arrived at an area hospital by private conveyance.
The victims in this incident range in age from 20 to 37 years old. Eight of the victims are males, including the deceased victim, while two victims are females.
NOPD officers made two arrests at the scene, both males, for illegal carrying of weapons charges. One of the arrested individuals was identified as a victim in the incident, who is being treated for his injuries. The second arrest was an unrelated individual found to be in illegal possession of a handgun at the scene.
Including the two arrests made in this morning’s incident, proactive patrol work by NOPD officers has led to 11 arrests in the past 48 hours on illegal carrying of weapons charges in the Eighth District.
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Investigation into this incident is ongoing. Detectives are gathering evidence from the area, including surveillance video footage, as well as interviewing victims and witnesses. No further information is available at this time.
Homicide Detective Barrett Morton is in charge of the ongoing investigation and can be reached at 504-658-5300 with any information regarding this incident. 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.