NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Just before a fatal shooting near NOPD headquarters, police say the suspect was inside of a courthouse watching his nephew receive a life sentence for murder.
Alvin Richardson, the man who police say dumped his friend on the Broad Street overpass after shooting him, was inside of the Orleans Parish Criminal Courthouse just hours before the shooting, according to our partners at Nola.com/The Times Picayune.
The incident occurred Friday around 2:30 p.m. in the 600 block of Broad Street. The shooting happened just a few hundred feet from NOPD headquarters.The shooting claimed the life of a 29-year-old man and left 32-year-old man injured.
As law enforcement personnel raced to the scene by foot, they found not only the body of the 29-year-old, but a wounded Criminal District Court employee as well. The man was grazed in the chest by a bullet.
Police believe after the incident on Broad, Richardson shot at a man on a motorbike over a road rage incident. The man wasn't hit.
Detectives worked through the night using witness testimony to identify Richardson as the shooter. They say he's a convicted felon who served 15 years in prison for shooting a police officer in the late 80's.
Richardson was arrested Saturday morning in Gretna after he called police.
"Early this morning, Mr. Richardson actually called the police in Gretna from a Walgreens, told the police that he felt that he was being followed, his life was in danger," NOPD Sgt. Nick Gernon said.
Richardson, detectives say, had a gun on him and was arrested for being a felon in possession of a firearm. He also allegedly told investigators of his involvement with the shooting on the Broad Street overpass.