New details reveal possible motive in Canal St. shooting

Court records shed light on Canal Street shooting
Justin Lewis (Source: OPSO)
Justin Lewis (Source: OPSO)

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A man was shot Wednesday on Canal Street, and police made a quick arrest. Now court documents reveal a possible motive.

"This guy made a choice within his mind to commit this crime, and now, we are making sure that justice is served," New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison said.

Police said 24-year-old Justin Lewis opened fire, hitting the victim in the face.

"I was just in my hotel room and I heard, pop, pop, pop," tourist Barry Landsberg said.

Video surveillance shows the gunman continuing to shoot as he backed away.

"They pursued the perpetrator to Burgundy Street, where they affected the arrest without injury," Harrison said.

While an NOPD detective interrogated Lewis, documents show "Lewis stated he knew the victim from spending time in jail with him and stated he felt threatened" when he saw the victim walking down Canal Street with his hand in his pocket.

"It just speaks to how brazen these folks can be who choose to make those kinds of decisions, and our message is clear. If those are the decisions you make and violent crime is what you want to participate in, we're going to pursue you," Harrison said.

In addition to being booked for attempted second-degree murder, illegal use of a weapon and illegally carrying a weapon, Lewis was wanted for a previous incident. Documents indicate that in May of 2014, police pulled Lewis over in a Ford Taurus as he was crossing Earhart Boulevard. The report says Lewis fled on foot. Police said they later found a black handgun in the Taurus and learned that Lewis was on probation at the time.

With the latest arrest for the shooting, Lewis is also booked with resisting an officer and possession of a firearm by a felon from the case two years ago.

Lewis remains locked up on a $320,000 bond.

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