TribLIVE

| USWorld


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Suspect arrested in New Orleans shooting

Daily Photo Galleries

By The Associated Press
Friday, July 4, 2014, 8:33 p.m.
 

NEW ORLEANS — A 20-year-old man was arrested on Friday in connection with a gunfight that erupted on Bourbon Street, killing one bystander and wounding nine others on the thoroughfare of nightspots that is one of New Orleans' biggest tourist draws.

Police chief Ronal Serpas said Trung T. Le was arrested in Mississippi. He will be extradited to Louisiana, where he faces one charge of first-degree murder and nine charges of attempted first-degree murder.

Le, who turns 21 in August, is from the city of Belle Chasse, near New Orleans.

Police said Le is believed to have fired the first shot in an exchange of gunfire that shattered the good-time atmosphere early Sunday in the French Quarter. Serpas said police are still working to identify another person involved in the gunfight.

“We will not stop until everybody who was involved in this has been brought to justice,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. He had joined Serpas on Friday for a public roll call of officers on duty as the city enters the Fouth of July weekend while hosting the Essence Festival that draws thousands of visitors to the city.

Stressing that police know who Le's associates are, Serpas issued a warning that anyone with knowledge of the crime should come forward or face possible prosecution.

Most of those hit in the Sunday morning shooting spree were visitors to the city, including Brittany Thomas, 21, from the south Louisiana city of Hammond, who died Wednesday. Others were from Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida and Australia. One person remained hospitalized on Friday in stable condition.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Nation

  1. Highway Patrol: 8 dead, 10 injured when Florida van crashes
  2. JetBlue computer outage causes delays for passengers
  3. Doctors push end-of-life care talks
  4. Despite high gas costs, Northeast resistant to pipelines
  5. Pence: ‘Not going to change’ religious freedom law
  6. Drownings in Rio Grande spike as enforcement surges
  7. Global warming is slowing down the circulation of the oceans — with potentially dire consequences
  8. Police find no evidence in 5-month investigation of UVA rape allegations
  9. Maryland might owe federal government millions for health care exchange
  10. Christie rails against high N.J. estate tax
  11. Bulk calling data won’t be collected