Suspect arrested in New Orleans shooting
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.
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