NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Police have obtained arrest warrants for two men in connection with a Monday afternoon shooting in Mid-City.
Police said 23-year-old Causey Mitchell and 27-year-old Terrell Chapman, who are both hospitalized with gunshot wounds, will be booked with attempted first-degree murder, felon in possession of a firearm, aggravated assault, illegal use of weapons and aggravated criminal damage to property.
The initial incident occurred in the 2000 block of Conti Street.
At around 12:35 p.m., officers responded to a call of multiple shots fired in the 2000 block of Conti Street. While on their way to the scene, officers saw a grey Nissan SUV involved in a crash with a Camry at the intersection of Canal Street and South Claiborne Avenue.
An unidentified woman said she was driving Mitchell and Chapman to the hospital after the shooting when she rear-ended the Camry. Officers said they saw Mitchell running from the wreck with an assault rifle in his hand. He was caught a short time later.
Chapman was found inside the SUV with multiple gunshot wounds. Both were taken to the hospital. The driver of the Camry was hospitalized after complaining of injuries he sustained in the crash, but he was not involved in the shooting. The female was not injured in the shooting or the crash. Mitchell and Causey are recovering in the hospital.
During the course of the investigation, detectives developed both Mitchell and Chapman as shooters through witness participation. Initially, the female driver of the SUV was thought to be a suspect, but she was later questioned by detectives and released.
During the course of the investigation, detectives learned that two additional individuals were involved in the shooting. They remain unknown and at large.
The investigation is ongoing. The First District Investigative Unit is in charge of the investigation and can be reached at (504) 658-6010.
Citizens with information that can help solve this crime are asked to call Crimestoppers at 822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP. You could receive a cash reward of up to $2,500 for the information leading only to the arrest, except on homicides, where Crimestoppers will pay half of the reward upon the arrest and half on the indictment of the responsible person(s). You do not have to give your name nor testify to receive the reward but you must contact Crimestoppers directly with your information. Citizens can also submit an anonymous tip online to Crimestoppers at www.crimestoppersgno.org