The suspect in a CBD shooting is dead after an exchange of gunfire with New Orleans police Sunday evening (Feb. 17) in a shooting that also left three others in critical condition, according to New Orleans Police Department spokesman Andy Cunningham.
The shooting was reported by NOPD near the intersection of Tulane Avenue and Elk Place.
The shooting was reported Sunday evening.
It wasn’t immediately clear whether the three other injured people were bystanders, but Cunningham noted no police were shot in the encounter. An officer was injured, however, after flipping his car over near the intersection of Napoleon Avenue and Baronne Street while en route to the scene. Cunningham said the injured officer was “up and talking.”
Cunningham said the melee began when police were investigating a person possibly involved in an armed robbery. A suspect then opened fire on police, Cunningham said. It was not immediately clear where the armed robbery was reported to have occurred.
Four people were transported to University Medical Center, New Orleans EMS spokesman Jonathan Fourcade said. Those people included a 17-year-old, he said. A fifth person who was not shot was brought to the hospital to be treated for abrasions, Fourcade said. EMS received the call at about 6:45 p.m. Sunday.
Officers at the scene surrounded an RTA bus parked on Elk Street about 50 yards off Canal Street, where Mayor LaToya Cantrell spoke with the bus driver. Nearby, a pool of blood could be seen on the sidewalk.
“It was like ‘Wild Wild West’ going on,” said a witness who was standing near the steps to the New Orleans Public Library. The witness said he saw a man run down Tulane Avenue then heard about 50 gunshots during what he described as a shootout between the man and more than one police officer. The witness said he later saw authorities trying to revive the man after he fell in front of Tulane Medical Center.
A woman who worked at a nearby business but who declined to be identified said she told everyone in the business to drop to the floor when she heard more than 10 gunshots ring out.
“They sounded really, really close,” she said. “… I just saw all the cops running up the street.”
The woman said she saw Tulane University police in addition to NOPD officers and LSP troopers responding to the scene.
Police are expected to offer a formal update Sunday night.