Police follow trail of blood; find shooting suspect hiding under house

Police follow trail of blood; find shooting suspect hiding under house

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Police say that a trail of blood led officers to a suspect who initiated an Upper 9th Ward triple shooting. The suspect was found wounded and hiding under a house.

The exchange of gunfire happened around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 3400 block of North Roman Street.

Officers say that 32-year-old Donald Powell approached two men and began talking to them. Powell allegedly approached the victims and asked for a cigarette lighter, according to our partners at Nola.com/The Times Picayune. The pair was unable to fulfill his request.

Powell then produced a handgun and shot both victims, police say. After one victim was shot, he produced his own firearm and shot Powell multiple times to the body. Powell fled the scene on foot.

When officers arrived, they found one 40-year-old male shot multiple times to the body and another 40-year-old male shot in the arm. Both victims were transported to the hospital.

Police on the scene say they observed a trail of blood leading underneath a house in the 1800 block of Congress Street. Powell was found hiding under the hose suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the body. Police say that a firearm was lying next to him.

Powell was arrested and transported to the hospital.

After receiving treatment at the hospital, Powell was transported to Central Lock Up and booked accordingly. He was booked with attempted first degree murder and aggravated battery.

The investigation is ongoing and detectives are still searching for a motive.

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