Suspect, vehicle sought in Claiborne car wash homicide

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The suspect was wearing a dark hoodie  with an image on the front.

The NOPD is seeking to locate and identify a person of interest and a vehicle in the investigation of a homicide that occurred Wednesday (Feb. 17) in the 3700 block of South Claiborne Avenue.

The pictured suspect was seen at the Claiborne Avenue car wash where Bruce Gaten, 31, was shot to death at 3:19 p.m. The suspect was seen wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt with an unknown image on the front, dark colored jeans and dark shoes.

The unknown suspect was observed driving the pictured silver 2016 Honda Pilot bearing Louisiana plate ZRT 457 with a bike rack affixed to the rear. The Honda was reported stolen.

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Silver 2016 Honda Pilot with Louisiana plate ZRT457

Anyone with additional information on this incident or the pictured person of interest and/or vehicle is asked to contact NOPD Homicide Detective Nickolas Davis at 504-658-5300 or call anonymously to Crimestoppers of Greater New Orleans at 504-822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP.

This report was updated Feb. 20 with the name of the victim. 

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