NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - At a Monday news conference to announce the arrest of a suspect in the shooting of a Tulane medical student, the NOPD chief said his officers were relentless.
"They kept investigating and investigating. They would not give up," Chief Michael Harrison said.
Euric Cain was jailed for what police called a brazen, ridiculous act of violence that nearly killed a man. While police identified Cain through surveillance video of the shooting and attempted kidnapping last Friday morning, Cain is no stranger to the NOPD. At 21 years old, he's been in and out of the criminal justice system.
Cain's first arrest in the adult system came on Aug. 15, 2011, for illegally carrying a weapon and first offense illegal possession of stolen firearms. The case was transferred to Municipal Court. Once there, Cain pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 121 days suspended sentence and fined $200.
Cain was arrested again in 2014 for theft of a vehicle. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 18 months at the Department of Corrections. His attorney made a motion to reconsider the sentence, and in September a judge did re-sentenced Cain to four months with credit for time served. Cain was released.
"We know that Cain was last arrested on November 2nd for possession of a stolen cell phone that was taken in a carjacking out of the First District," Harrison said.
Cain spent one night in jail on Nov. 2, when police picked him up for illegal possession of stolen things. After pleading guilty in Municipal Court, the judge sentenced him to 180 days suspended sentence, meaning no jail time. He was also fined $245.
It was just two and half weeks later when police say Cain tried to kidnap a woman, and then shot the Tulane Med Student who stepped in to help the woman.
"Now, he will likely spend the rest of his life in jail, as he should. What a waste. His life will be lost, and Dr. Gold's life will be changed forever," Landrieu said.