On July 28th in the South Claiborne Avenue region of New Orleans two people cladded in hooded sweatshirts opened fire at a ‘large crowd’ of people at a daiquiri shop. As a result of the shooting three people died and seven have been injured. The two suspects of the shooting fled the crime scene and are still at large. One of the suspects possessed a rifle while the other was armed with a handgun. The incident was reported to the authorities from 3400 block in South Claiborne Avenue. The shooting took place on Saturday night on Claiborne Avenue, about three miles from the French Quarter.
According to the police the gunmen initially appeared to have fired at the crowd of people indiscriminately. However, afterwards they targeted one individual, stood over him and fired multiple rounds. After this the two men fled the scene of the crime. In an official press conference New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison has issued a statement saying that this shooting is personal in nature. The assailants opened fire on a crowd of ten people and killed only three which makes it look personal in nature.
There are seven injured people in the hospital undergoing treatment. Five of the people are men and the remaining two are women. The injured are being given treatment according to the degree of their injuries. Some of the injured are more critical as compared to others as stated in the press conference. None of the survivors of the shooting have been reported to have life threatening injuries and their lives are out of danger. The tree people pronounced dead on the scene at the attack were two males and one female. After the shooting it is reported that the assailants fled the scene of the crime north bound onto South Claiborne Avenue in the direction of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard after which they could not be traced.
On Sunday night the police said that they believed this incident was gang related. Furthermore, the police have said that they take this crime personally and have warned the perpetrators at large that they are coming for them.
The Mayor, Mayor LaToya Cantrell condemned the violence in a statement released soon after the shooting took place. She said in her statement: “There is no place in New Orleans for this kind of violence. I speak for everyone in our city when I say we are disgusted, we are infuriated and we have had more than enough. Three more lives — gone. It has to end. It’s unacceptable anywhere.”
The investigators and the New Orleans Police department have asked for help from the general public and anyone who has seen the suspects fleeing the scene of the crime to come forward and help. On their official website regarding this particular investigation they have also place the name and number of the investigator in charge of the case. NOPD Homicide Detective Maggie McCourt is in charge of the ongoing investigation of the shooting that killed three people and injured seven others on the evening of the 28th of July and, can be reached at 504-658-5300 with any information regarding this incident. Citizens have also been encouraged to step forward with any information regarding the incident that could prove helpful to the police and help them investigate by calling on their help line numbers. ‘Any Citizens with information that can help solve a crime are asked to call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP’.
Currently no more information has officially been released by the New Orleans Police Department regarding this incident. The Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office will determine the official cause of death after investigation and release the name of the victims, upon completion of autopsy and notification to the families of the deceased.