NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Police say a man ordered food at a restaurant, brought the food to his car, came back and started shooting into a crowd of students at a public bus stop.
Samuel Ash, 27, is accused of shooting three high school students around 4: 30 p.m. Monday at the intersection of South Broad St. and Washington Ave.
A 16-year-old boy is in critical condition. A 17-year-old boy and 14-year-old girl are listed as stable, according to police. Family members say the students attend Cohen High School and were just waiting for the bus.
The shooting happened after an argument about cigarettes, according to one of the victim's grandmother.
According to witnesses, Ash walked into Cajun Seafood and ordered a shrimp plate. Moments later, he walked to a parked white Hyundai SUV to put his food inside of it. Ash then walked back to the bus stop and immediately started firing gunshots into the crowd, police say.
A NOPD Street Gang Unit was patrolling the near the scene and heard the gunshots.
Ash led officers on a brief car chase that ended at the corner of South Miro Street and Tulane Ave. where he crashed his SUV into a building.
Police say they found a Glock and marijuana in Ash's SUV.
Ash was transported to the hospital for injuries sustained during the crash. Once Ash is released from the hospital, he will be booked with three counts of attempted first degree murder, felon in possession of a firearm and possession of marijuana.