NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - New Orleans police are investigating a shooting that left four men injured. The incident occurred Sunday around 3:24 p.m. near the intersection of North Claiborne and Esplanade Avenues.
According to NOPD Chief Michael Harrison, a man identified as 30-year-old Richard Macklin, got involved in a fight with a group of men on ATV's at a gas station. Macklin pulled a gun and began firing at the men. One of the men on the ATV's fired back at Macklin striking him in the head, police say. Macklin and three of the men on ATV's, who are ages 30, 31 and 32, were brought to University Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Police say that three other men on ATV's fled the scene and led officers on a brief chase which ended in New Orleans East. Officers apprehended the three men, who will be charged with reckless operation of a vehicle as well as multiple traffic violations. The three men have been identified as 25-year-old Jerome Richards, 20-year-old Corey Berry and 27-year-old Charles Simon.
Investigators learned that Macklin was the individual, responsible for starting the incident. Harrison says that once he is released from the hospital, he will be charged with three counts of aggravated battery by shooting and illegal discharge of a firearm.
Harrison said that the man who returned fire will not be charged because he fired back in self-defense. He added that the gun that the man was carrying was legal and that he had a concealed carry permit.
The NOPD confiscated five ATV's involved in the incident.
If you have any additional information that could help police with this case, you are asked to call NOPD First District detectives at 504-658-6010 or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.