The NOPD has advised us that an 18yo was shot dead, and that a 17yo female, a 15yo male, a 16yo female, and a 14yo female were all shot, at about midnight, at a local bar on 1700 Port St. (NOPD 5th Dist.). All surviving victims are in stable condition, with the exception of the 16yo female, who is listed in critical condition. They were all reportedly attending a party at the bar.
NOPD Press Release: NOPD Homicide Section Investigating Shooting at Local Bar on Port Street
New Orleans-The New Orleans Police Department’s Homicide Section is investigating the shooting death of an 18-year-old local male and the shooting of a 17-year-old local female, 15-year-old local male, 16-year-old local female and a 14-year-old local female. The names of the victims are being withheld pending notifications of family members. The offense occurred shortly before 12:00 A.M., at a local bar located at 1700 Port Street.
According to investigators, Fifth District officers received a call of “shots fired” and upon their arrival, the officers located five victims inside of the bar suffering from gunshot wounds to their bodies. Emergency medical technicians arrived on the scene and pronounced the 18-year-old victim dead. The remaining victims were transported to a local hospital to be treated for their injuries. The 17-year-old female was listed in stable condition, the 15-year-old male was listed in stable condition, 16-year-old female was listed in critical condition and the 14-year-old female was listed in stable condition.
The preliminary investigation indicates that prior to the shooting the victims were attending a teenage party inside of the bar when the gunman apparently opened fire and subsequently fled from the bar.
The deceased has a prior arrest for burglary and possession of stolen merchandise (2008).
Currently, investigators are in the process of gathering evidence and information to identify the person(s) involved in this incident, as well as a motive. Homicide Detective Justin Rice is in charge of the investigation.
Citizens with information that can help solve this crime are asked to call CRIMESTOPPERS at 822-1111, toll-free 1-877-903-STOP(7867). You could receive a cash reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the responsible person(s). You do not have to give your name nor testify to receive the reward.
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