Man accused in Treme ATV shooting booked on additional charges

Richard Macklin (Source: OPSO)
Richard Macklin (Source: OPSO)

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - FOX 8 has obtained exclusive video of as many as 10 ATVs pulling up to the Claiborne Express Gas station at Esplanade and Claiborne Sunday afternoon before an argument erupted in gunfire.

Police said 30-year-old Richard Macklin drove up in a white Volvo and became irate because the ATVs were blocking the gas pumps. According to court documents, Macklin "became enraged and armed himself with a firearm." He allegedly opened fire, striking three of the ATV riders.

Investigators said one of the victims pulled out a gun and returned fire, striking Macklin in the back of the head.

According to the police report, Macklin originally told investigators that "he was walking on North Claiborne, where he sustained a gunshot wound to the head." But police informed him about the security cameras at University Hospital that may have captured him driving up in a Volvo with the back window shattered.

The report indicates that two of the people shot on the ATVs used the four-wheelers to drive themselves to the hospital, while the third victim was taken by EMS.

Macklin is now booked with three counts of attempted second-degree murder.

FOX 8 also learned that there was a warrant out for Macklin's arrest stemming from an domestic incident on Jan. 20. According to court documents, Macklin accused his girlfriend of cheating on him and told her, "I should have had my boys kill you when I had the chance." He's accused of striking the woman in the face several times with a closed fist.

Macklin is now booked on domestic abuse aggravated assault and domestic battery in addition to the attempted murder charges from Sunday afternoon. Bond was set at $375,000.

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