NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A 15-year-old boy was shot in the abdomen while trying to burglarize a car in New Orleans East early Tuesday (Feb. 19) , according to New Orleans police.
The teen told police he was shot around 12: 40 a.m. in the 7300 block of West Renaissance Court by someone inside a dark-colored van that he saw driving in the area earlier that evening. The boy said he could not identify the shooter, police said, but told investigators he also had a gun at the time.
Surveillance video from the area shows people in a dark colored SUV on pulling on door handles in the neighborhood just after 12 a.m., according to NOPD. As of Wednesday, investigators were not sure if the victim was part of the group. Police said individuals in a similar vehicle were seen pulling on door handles around Fieldson and Morrison roads the same night.
The teen was in stable condition Wednesday evening, NOPD said. It was not the first time the boy had been shot. According to NOPD, he was shot in the leg last November after arguing with someone the teen believed stole money from him.
Police said the he was arrested last month on a possession of stolen property charge after he was found with a 2008 BMW earlier that night. Last May, the teen was arrested one criminal damages to property charges after he was accused of punching holes in the walls and breaking a table at his home, NOPD said.
As of Wednesday evening, the teen remained in the hospital for treatment, but NOPD said investigators are seeking a warrant for his arrest on an illegal possession of a firearm charge.