Police investigate fatal shooting in CBD

Police investigate fatal shooting in CBD

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Police are investigating the fatal shooting Monday of a 19-year-old man in the Central Business District.

The incident happened at about 5:40 p.m. at the corner of Canal and Rampart streets.

"I was standing right there, I mean, of course, I'm very upset, to have people shooting in front of your child," one witness told FOX 8.

The new mom, pushing her two month old, was just one of many walking along Canal when the gunfire started.

"One perpetrator walked up to the subject and fired at least one round into his chest," NOPD Supt. Michael Harrison commented.

 The victim died at the hospital.

"You just never know, here it is 5:30 on a Monday after the holidays, so it freaks us all out," New Orleans resident John Hilbert said.

 The shooting happened near the bus stop. A nearby officer, working with the RTA, heard the gunfire and ran toward the scene.  

"As often as we can, we're making sure all these intersections especially this one and the one right there at Elks Place are covered with police protection," Harrison said.

Bus stops aren't the only areas the NOPD needs to worry about. At 1:30 Saturday morning, a man was shot on crowded Bourbon Street during the Bayou Classic. The victim, 26 year old Brandon Robinson, died at the hospital. At 10 that night, a man was shot in the chest on Dumaine Street. And at 4:30 Sunday morning, a man and woman both struck on Canal near Royal. The crimes are taking a toll on locals.

"We don't go out past 11, 11:30 at night, we're not in the quarter past 11," Hilbert said.

Chief Harrison says he wants the public to know, the department takes the crimes very seriously, saying "W
e're committed to making sure they're safe. We're committed to capturing every single person that commits these violent crimes and its not going to be tolerated.

A driver stopped at a red light captured the shooting as he drove through the intersection, according to our partners at NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune.

Viewer Discretion: Video contains graphic language 

Homicide Detective Andrew Waldron is investigating the incident and can be contacted at 658-5300.

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.

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