Three dead, five injured in 90 bloody minutes in New Orleans | Crime/Police
Three people were killed and five injured in shootings over a 90-minute span Friday afternoon in New Orleans, an explosion of widespread violence on the final weekend of the 2022 Jazz & Heritage Festival.
The bloodiest crime, a mass shooting two blocks from the Chef Menteur Freeway east of New Orleans, claimed the lives of two people and sent four to hospitals.
Police said they were alerted at 2:14 p.m. to victims in the 4800 block of Alcee Fortier Boulevard. Investigators placed at least 45 evidence markers at the scene and recorded the entire block of Fortier, between Peliter and Saigon Drives.
A 25-year-old man died there and another man of unknown age died in a hospital, police said. Four men made their own way to hospital, where three of them, aged 29, 33 and 57, were listed in stable condition, and the fourth, whose age was not immediately known, would have been in critical condition.
The afternoon homicides began around 12:45 p.m. in the Saint-Roch district. Officers said they found an unconscious woman with gunshot wounds in the 1800 block of Painters Street. She died there.
Around 2 p.m., a man was shot dead in the lower part of the French quarter, on rue de Chartres and rue du Gouverneur Nicholls. Emergency medical services took him to the hospital.
City Councilman Oliver Thomas, whose district includes Alcee Fortier’s killing field, said he visited the neighborhood in the evening to speak with police and residents. The pressing crime problem in New Orleans is not where the shots are fired, he said, but how the shots are fired indiscriminately.
A number of recent shootings across the city may be linked to drug gang connections, he said, and their members don’t care who is caught in the crossfire. At the home of Peliter and Alcee Fortier, he said, police found 25 to 30 casings.
“How can we get these gangs off the streets? said Thomas. “Because they are actively pursuing each other.”
“They’re all walking around with machine guns.”
During the Alcee Fortier killings, police asked anyone with information about the shooting to call Homicide Detective Jameson Diesburg at (504) 658-5300 or Crimestoppers of Greater New Orleans Inc. at (504) 822-1111.