NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The New Orleans Police Department responded to a violent few hours in the city after three people are killed by gunfire and four others were injured. The first shooting happened around 7 p.m. in the 2600 block of Upperline Street in the Freret neighborhood. Officers found an unknown black male suffering from a gunshot wound. He died at the hospital.
Then around 9 p.m., three men were shot at the intersection of Sere and Frenchmen. Officers discovered the victims on I-610 and St. Bernard Avenue. Police say they were headed to the hospital when a tire on the car they were in blew out.
A little after 11 p.m., an off-duty NOPD officer was riding his bicycle on North Rampart when he heard gunshots. He reported the incident and First District officers responded to the location. They discovered a black male lying face down in a patch of grass inside one of the entrance gates to Armstrong Park. The victim was pronounced dead on the scene.
The violence continued around 1:30 a.m when a man arrived at University Medical Center suffering from gunshot wounds. He died shortly after. Additional details in that shooting were not immediately available.
Around 2:30 a.m., detectives investigated the shooting of a man. The victim was found at Pratt and Lakeshore, but police believe he may have been shot at another location.
Just after 9 a.m., police found the body of an unidentified male in the 13000 block of the S. I-10 Service Road.
A study recently released by the Major Cities Chief's Association found violent crime is actually up across the nation. A local criminologist says he's found local residents aren't reacting well to the increased violence.
With an undermanned police force here, Dr. Ashraf Esmail doesn't foresee the crime situation getting better anytime soon. Meanwhile, the investigation continues into all the violence in New Orleans that occurred within an eight hour span.