French Quarter businesses concerned after triple shooting

French Quarter businesses concerned after triple shooting

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - New Orleans police are investigating a triple shooting in the French Quarter that killed one man and left two in stable condition. It happened Wedmnesday around 2 a.m.just a block off Canal in the 600 block of Iberville Street.

Investigators believe an argument led to the gunfire. Alex Fein, president of the French Quarter Business League, says they've been concerned about safety in the Quarter since last summer, when a mass shooting on Bourbon Street left a 21-year-old woman dead and injured nine others.

"Obviously, anything like that's going to be a detractor for people to come down to the French Quarter, especially people locally," Fein said.

The French Quarter Business League is now paying for additional security in the area.

"We're going to fund our own off-duty NOPD cops," Fein said, "That's going to put anywhere from three to four off-duty NOPD officers on the street at any given time. We're focused mainly on the p.m. and the late hours where the regular cops - there is less of them."

And despite the recent violence, Bob Simms with the French Quarter Security Task Force said the Quarter is safer.

"I think the Quarter with the added State Police, along with the French Quarter Task Force, along with the extra added effort with the NOPD - the Quarter is safer than it's been for a long time," Simms said.

Just two hours before Wednesday's triple shooting, the task force implemented a new security measure where off-duty officers patrol Bourbon Street on foot.

"We patrol 24 hours a day, seven days a week on the Polaris vehicles with the blue lights going around," Simms said. "The idea is to deter crime by being very visible and being in the neighborhood all the time."

Detectives recovered two guns from the murder scene on Iberville Street. The NOPD hasn't made any arrests, nor have they identified the victims. If you have information that could help police, call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

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