Mass shooting at Balcony Bar in Garden District blamed on ongoing violent rivalry

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Balcony Bar & Cafe, 3201 Magazine St.

Six people were wounded late Friday (April 29) in a shootout at the Balcony Bar & Cafe on Magazine Street in the Garden District.

Four women and two men sustained gunshot wounds to the lower body, the New Orleans Police Department said. The group was leaving the bar at about 10:15 p.m. when men in a dark-colored car spotted them and opened fire.

The Emergency Medical Service took four female victims, ages 35, 34, 32 and 23, to the hospital. Two men, ages 23 and 25, arrived at an emergency room in a private vehicle, the NOPD reported.

An identified police source told NOLA.com that the target was one of the wounded men, Nairobi Davis, 23, who was a suspect in an October 2021 double homicide in the Touro-Bouligny area.

Davis had been accused in the shooting deaths of Zernell Lee, 19, and Derrick Copelin, 25, as they laid permeable pavers in the parking lot of the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church.

He was arrested in October on two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of attempted second-degree murder in that quadruple shooting, which has been linked to an ongoing feud. He was cleared of the charges by a grand jury in March.

Davis was out on bail in December 2021 after his bond was reduced from $600,000 to $80,000, Sheriff’s Office records show. Ten days after his bond was reduced, Davis was the target of another drive-by shooting in Algiers, according to a report on NOLA.com. The gunfire struck and killed a 7-year-old girl riding in another vehicle.

About 50 bullets were reportedly fired Friday night in an exchange of gunfire between the group in the bar and the group in the car.

Anyone with information is urged to call the NOPD Sixth District station at 504-658-6060 to speak to a detective, or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 to leave an anonymous tip that could be eligible for a cash reward.

One thought on “Mass shooting at Balcony Bar in Garden District blamed on ongoing violent rivalry

  1. Wasn’t this the fault of the public school system and shouldn’t we all want to be paying more City taxes to get the school system (and the police system) just right some time this century?

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