New Orleans Police have provided an update on this evening’s shooting at a press conference.
A spokesman for the police department says five “innocent bystanders” who were waiting for a bus near Elk and Canal streets were hit by gunfire after an armed robbery spun out of control.
Police were trying to question a suspect in that robbery when he pulled out a gun and started shooting at police. No officers were struck, the spokesman said.
The man fled down Elk Street toward Tulane Avenue, where State Police confronted him, the spokesman said. The suspect exchanged gunfire with troopers and was wounded. Troopers disarmed him and he was taken to the hospital, where he died, the spokesman said.
Four of the innocent bystanders who were shot are in stable condition at area hospitals; one is in critical condition and is undergoing surgery late Sunday, the spokesman said.
WWL in New Orleans live-streamed the press conference.
Here’s the video:
UPDATE: The suspect in the shooting in New Orleans is dead, the Times Picayune reports.
Three others were injured, the paper reports. Police told the Picayune that the incident began with an armed robbery, which led to the suspect firing at police. No officers were shot, but one was injured in a crash en route to the scene, the Picayune reports.
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UPDATE: WWL reports that at least four people were critically wounded in a shooting.
Canal Street is now completely blocked off as police investigate the scene near Elk Place and the 1400 block of the major road, the station reports.
An EMS spokesperson told WWL that four victims, all critical, have been taken to the University Medical Center trauma center from the scene for treatment. One victim is 17 years old. To read the story, click here.
The Times Picayune reports a “multiple shooting incident” has been reported in the CBD in downtown New Orleans on Sunday evening near the intersection of Tulane Avenue and Elk Place, according to the New Orleans Police Department.
It was not immediately clear how many people had been shot or whether a suspect was in custody or identified, the newspaper reports.
Multiple blocks were blocked by police cruisers in the area Sunday evening. Several police vehicles were parked near the New Orleans Public Library on Loyola Avenue, the Picayune reports.
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