Jul 292018

Crimestoppers is offering a $5,000 reward for information concerning a shooting on S. Claiborne that left three victims dead and seven additional victims injured.

The NOPD is investigating the incident that occurred around 8:35 p.m. Saturday night (July 28) in the 3400 block of S. Claiborne Avenue. NOPD Second District officers responded to a call of an aggravated battery by shooting involving multiple adult victims.

Upon arrival, officers discovered three victims in the area suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Officers then learned that multiple victims had been transported to area hospitals via private conveyance with gunshot wounds sustained in the incident.The three victims found at the scene, described as two males and one female, were pronounced dead at the scene. The seven additional victims, identified as five males and two females, were transported to area hospitals. Four of the victims arrived at the hospital by private conveyance, while three were transported via EMS.

Through investigation, detectives determined that two unknown armed subjects believed to be wearing hooded sweatshirts allegedly approached a group of people standing outside of a business and opened fire, striking 10 of the individuals. The subjects then fled the scene northbound on South Claiborne Avenue toward Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, then unknown.

The New Orleans Police Department issued the following update Sunday afternoon:

The NOPD – along with our partners at the Louisiana State Police, U.S. Attorney’s office, ATF and the FBI – continue to work around the clock to identify and bring to justice the people responsible for the shooting that left three people dead and seven others injured Saturday night near the intersection of South Claiborne & Louisiana avenues.

While investigators are still in the early stages of the investigation, they have obtained evidence that leads them to believe that this incident is gang related. Detectives have also determined that one of the deceased male victims, who was found shot multiple times outside the shops in the 3400 block of South Claiborne Avenue, was the intended target.

As for the seven people injured in the gunfire, the NOPD does not have an update on their conditions at this time. As of last night, none of their injuries were believed to be life threatening.

NOPD Chief Michael Harrison is once again urging members of the community to call NOPD Homicide Unit detectives at 504-658-5300 or Crimestoppers with any information that may help in the investigation.

Investigators are currently in the process of gathering evidence and information to identify the person(s) responsible in this incident, as well as a motive. No further information is available at this time.

You must call Crimestoppers DIRECTLY and SUBMIT AN ANONYMOUS TIP at (504) 822-1111 to qualify for the reward. You will remain ANONYMOUS and do not have to testify in court to earn the CASH REWARD.

Call Crimestoppers and you will be issued a TIP NUMBER, which is the only way we identify you. You must keep your number to check on the status and be eligible for the Reward. The reward is paid in cash.

Mayor LaToya Cantrell released the following statement on the shootings that occurred on South Claiborne Avenue near the Milan area:

“There is no place in New Orleans for this kind of violence. I speak for everyone in our City when I say we are disgusted, we are infuriated, and we have had more than enough. Three more lives — gone. It has to end. This happened near my neighborhood, on the edge of Broadmoor. It’s unacceptable anywhere.

“We are grateful to those on the scene tonight: the NOPD, EMS, the chaplains and the social workers. We will dedicate every resource necessary to ending this horror and seeing justice done.”

Councilmembers-At-Large Jason Williams and Helena Moreno have issued the following joint statement regarding the Claiborne Avenue mass shooting:

“A mass shooting at a shopping center is unacceptable and barbaric. We echo the Mayor’s statement that this is infuriating and disgusting. Bringing the suspects to swift justice is imperative, but even more critically, we need an “all hands on deck” approach from the City towards fighting violent crime. We must continue to implement policies to most effectively utilize our police manpower. City departments, such as Health and Code Enforcement, should be part of the solution along with expanding programs like Cease Fire to intervene and de-escalate situations. But at the end of the day, our key focus should be on overall prevention. To become a less violent city, we must all work together to intercept the many seeds of violence including desperation, lack of opportunities and exposure to trauma. Violence takes lives in a moment, but it is borne long before it erupts and its echoes have far-reaching impacts.”

District “B” Councilmember Jay H. Banks has issued the following statement regarding yesterday’s mass shooting on Claiborne Avenue:

“Any violent instance that results in the loss of life is truly a totally senseless and unnecessary occurrence. Three dead and seven injured is far past heartbreaking, it is disgusting. Let me be clear, this egregious act of violence has no place in our communities and must stop.

We are asking anyone with any information related to this insanity to come forward. The individuals responsible must be taken off of our streets. No one should feel an obligation to protect them. This ‘code’ that helping the police to catch them somehow makes the person who talks some kind of weak traitor is ridiculous. These people have shown that they don’t care about anybody so why should anybody care about protecting them. If you are afraid, send the information anonymously through Crime Stoppers. Let the street say whatever they like but ‘snitch’ now, before you or someone you love is the innocent victim of people who genuinely don’t care.

Our heart aches for all of the families and the individuals involved. As usual, our thoughts and prayers are with them, but this time, I hope our actions are too.”

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