NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A man was shot and killed on Bourbon Street during one of New Orleans' major tourism weekends.
The incident started outside the Prohibition Bar in the 300 block of Bourbon Street. According to police, video surveillance shows the victim, a 26-year-old man, in a fistfight with a large group outside of the bar. One of the suspects punched the man before another pulled out a gun and shot him in the stomach. The Orleans Parish Coroner's Office identified the victim as Brandon Robinson.
The gunshot rang out around 1:30 a.m. Police officers in the area rushed to the scene and found the Robinson on the ground with a gunshot wound. EMS took him to the hospital, where he later died.
NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison said that police are out in full force this weekend. There were 25 NOPD officers on foot patrol assigned to Bourbon Street at the time of the shooting along with 15 officers on horseback, 8 sheriffs deputies on horseback and 15 State Troopers according to NOPD.
The homicide occurred on the same weekend as the Bayou Classic. Representatives from the Convention and Visitors Bureau told FOX 8 earlier this week that the annual football game between Grambling State and Southern University is expected to bring in over 200,000 visitors to the city of New Orleans.
Harrison said that the victim is a New Orleans resident and that the shooting is not related to the Bayou Classic in any way.
Detectives are interviewing witnesses and gathering video of the incident in an attempt to determine a suspect and a motive.
The investigation is ongoing.