Last weekend’s shooting in the Irish Channel may have involved a truck that detectives have determined was actually stolen twice — first from its original owner, and then again after it was used in a hit-and-run crash, New Orleans police said.
The shooting took place at 10:20 a.m. Saturday (March 29) in the 3300 block of Laurel Street, where a 27-year-old man was shot several times and taken to the hospital with serious injuries, police said at the time.
Witnesses described the gunfire as coming from a gray pickup parked near the corner of Seventh Street, and Detective Drew Deacon has identified the truck as having been stolen March 26 from the 3000 block of Dryades in Central City, said Sixth District Lt. Frank Young. On March 28 — two days after it was stolen, and a day before the Irish Channel shooting — the same truck was involved in a hit-and-run crash at South Derbigny and Napoleon in Broadmoor, Young said.
After the Broadmoor hit-and-run, the driver and the passenger bailed out of the truck and ran off on foot, Young said. But before police arrived to the crash scene, another person got into the stolen truck and drove off in it — essentially stealing it a second time, Young said.
The truck is described as a four-door, bluish-gray 2007 Toyota Tundra with a Louisiana license plate of B818337. It has tinted windows and minor damage from the crash to the front and to the passenger side, and the passenger-side rearview mirror is missing.
The truck has not yet been located, Young said Friday morning.
Anyone with information should call 658-6060 to speak to Detective Deacon or 822-1111 to leave an anonymous tip at CrimeStoppers that could be eligible for a cash reward.