A bicyclist crashed into a parked vehicle in Broadmoor, then shot a gun at people sitting on a nearby porch who laughed at him, police said.
A group of four people — two women in their 20s, a 30-year-old man and 45-year-old woman — were sitting on a porch on Louisiana Avenue Parkway near South Dorgenois Street shortly before 5 p.m. Saturday when a teen on a black bicycle hit a parked vehicle and fell down, said Lt. Mike Montalbano, interim commander of the NOPD Second District. All four people on the porch began laughing, and the teen got back on the bicycle and pedaled off down Delachaise, leaving a red-and-white baseball cap behind where he’d fallen, Montalbano said.
Not long afterward, the teen returned, and one of the people on the porch tried to get his cap for him, Montalbano said. Instead, the teen said, “Y’all think it’s funny?” then pulled a handgun out of his waistband and fired a single shot toward the house, hitting the homeowner’s car in the driveway, Montalbano said. Afterward, the teen left the same way again toward Delachaise Street.
The victims thought they recognized the shooter, and investigators were later able to identify him as 17-year-old Nashawhan J. Thompson. Thompson was arrested Monday and charged with aggravated assault with a firearm, criminal damage to property and illegal use of a weapon, according to records at the Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriff’s Office.