15 Shot In New Orleans – 15 people were shot and at least two killed on Halloween night in New Orleans. Gunfire erupted on Bourbon Street, the tourist hot spot in the French Quarter, being one of four separate incidents around the city.
“We have made one arrest at this point,” police spokesman officer Garry Flot said Tuesday morning. He said none of the incidents were related.
Just after midnight early Tuesday, two men started shooting at each other on Bourbon Street, near the famous Chris Owens night club. When the gunfire stopped a 25-year-old man was dead and seven others were shot. Flot said the injuries were not life threatening.
That block of Bourbon Street is usually filled with tourist, drawn to the mixture of clubs, strip joints and stores selling T-shirts, beads and provocative lingerie. The motive for the Bourbon Street shooting was unknown, Flot said.
Flot said the second Halloween shooting occurred about an hour later on Canal Street on the edge of the Quarter. One 19 year old man was killed and three others were wounded in that shooting after an argument.
Police arrested Baltiman Malcom, 24, moments after the shooting. Police heard the gunfire there and saw three men running from the scene. After a foot-chase, Malcom was arrested. He was booked with one count of first-degree murder and three counts of attempted first-degree murder, Flot said.
Two other incidents left three people shot in other areas of the city. The victims’ conditions and the motives for the shootings were not immediately available.
Gun violence has soared in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Mayor Mitch Landrieu held a summit in September to ask the public to help bring it under control. Landrieu has pointed out that New Orleans’ per capita murder rate is much higher than comparable cities. A total of 15 people had injuries.