Another 'person of interest' in Bourbon shootings
- Article by: KEVIN McGILL
- Associated Press
- July 4, 2014 - 1:20 PM
NEW ORLEANS — Police in New Orleans have interviewed another "person of interest" caught on video at the scene of last weekend's deadly shooting on Bourbon Street.
But so far, no arrests have been made in connection with the gunfire that broke out early Sunday on the famous street of nightspots.
Ten people were hit in the gunfight. One, a visitor from Hammond, Louisiana, later died. One remained hospitalized Friday, in stable condition at LSU Interim Hospital.
Police released a still image Friday of a man they said had been questioned about the case. He was being held in the New Orleans jail on unrelated outstanding warrants.
Police did not release his name and stressed that he has not been charged in connection with the shootings. Another man was questioned in the case earlier this week.
The shooting happened in the heart of the city's tourist-friendly French Quarter neighborhood days ahead of the Essence Festival — a major summer tourist event. A contingent of 30 state police was assembled Wednesday in the city to help with patrols during the holiday weekend. And the head of state police announced Thursday that a total of 50 state troopers and other state public safety officers would be redeployed from this weekend through Labor Day to help city police.
The number of slayings in the city declined last year and appears on pace to shrink again this year. But violent crime continues to be a major problem in New Orleans. Mayor Mitch Landrieu earlier this week acknowledged the need to beef up a police force that has diminished over the years from around 1,600 to 1,200, adding that the City Council has approved money to hire 150 new officers.
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