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Jul 2, 2014 3:19 PM by Dave Fields

NOPD identifies one of two persons of interest in Bourbon Street gun battle

The New Orleans Police Department has identified one of the persons of interest from photos released in a Bourbon Street gun battle injuring 10 people on June 29, according to a release on the NOPD Facebook page.

NOPD is seeking the public's help to locate Justin Odom, 20, who is known to associate with a second person-of-interest in this investigation, a white male named "Joe" or "Josh." In addition to Odom's possible connection to the shooting of 10 people in the 700 block of Bourbon St., Odom also is wanted on unrelated warrants.

NOPD has expressed concern that others may be assisting the two persons of interest in this investigation, according to Facebook posts, emphasizing the penalties for those who may be considered accessories to a crime. NOPD noted the legal grounds for charging someone with helping those responsible for the June 29 shooting, stating that "any person who, after the commission of a felony, shall harbor, conceal, or aid the offender, knowing or having reasonable ground to believe that he has committed the felony, and with the intent that he may avoid or escape from arrest, trial, conviction, or punishment shall be charged with R.S. 14:25; Relative to Accessories After the Fact."

"An accessory after the fact may be tried and punished, notwithstanding the fact that the principal felon may not have been arrested, tried, convicted, or amenable to justice," the NOPD post reads.

"Whoever becomes an accessory after the fact shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars, or imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not more than five years, or both; provided that in no case shall his punishment be greater than one-half of the maximum provided by law for a principal offender," the post continues.

Detectives are hoping that citizens may come forward with photos or videos taken of the incident or any photos or videos taken from the French Quarter on the night of the incident to be sent to NOPDTIPS@nola.gov

Those who know where Odom may be found or may know the identity of the second person of interest should call CRIMESTOPPERS at 504-822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP. A cash reward is available up to $2,500 for the information leading to the arrest and indictment of the responsible person(s). Tipsters who remain anonymous and/or do not testify are still eligible for the reward. To submit an anonymous online tip, go to Crimestoppers at www.crimestoppersgno.org

A second photo of Justin Odom is seen below:

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