A man was shot shortly after 5 p.m. near South Claiborne and South Carrollton, one of the busiest intersections in Uptown New Orleans, leaving a sprawling crime scene that stretched from beside Palmer Park to the side yard of the Walgreens across the street.
The victim was toward the river side of Claiborne when he was shot, police and witnesses said, and then came running across the street to the Walgreens pharmacy for help. Walgreens manager Chris Sperling said that when he first saw the man come running toward the store, he closed the store’s front doors in case the gunmen were still outside. He called 911, and ran out to where the man had sat down in the grass outside the store, and then ran to the next-door fire department to get medical help.
The victim was bleeding from his hand and said his shoulder had also been hit, Sperling said.
“He seemed OK,” Sperling said. “He was just scared and hurt.”
Police restricted traffic on South Claiborne to one lane alongside Palmer Park, where shell casings were visible in the street. Some of the man’s clothing, discarded before he was taken to the hospital, lay in the grass behind a bus stop near the Walgreens and the fire station.
Anyone with information should call Second District detectives at 658-6020, or CrimeStoppers at 822-1111.