NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - New Orleans Police are investigating an Uptown shooting that left three students injured.
The incident occurred Monday, around 4:22 p.m. at a bus stop near the intersection of Washington Avenue and South Broad Street.
Police say that all three victims have been brought to the hospital. They are identified as a 16-year-old boy, a 17-year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl. According to police, the 17-year-old and 14-year-old are listed in stable condition, while the 16-year-old is listed in critical condition.
Police say that the shooter, identified as 27-year-old Samuel Ash, walked out of a restaurant and after putting his food in his car, he went over towards the bus stop and began firing into a crowd, before running back to his SUV. Nearby officers pursued and after a brief chase, Ash crashed his vehicle near the intersection of Tulane Avenue and South Miro Street. Officers quickly took Ash into custody. They found a pistol and a small amount of marijuana inside the SUV.
"In a matter of minutes, we were able to preserve the scene, restore order, tend to the victims and track down the suspect we believe is responsible for this heinous crime," said NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison. "Our officers performed exactly how they are trained to perform in these types of situations and I commend every officer who was involved in this swift response. Their decisive actions ensured no one else was hurt in the incident."