Alleged gunman arrested day after mass shooting in New Orleans East
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - An alleged gunman at least partly responsible for a mass shooting in New Orleans East has been arrested, New Orleans police announced Saturday (April 7).
Alex Madison, 36, was arrested and booked with second-degree murder, one day after six people were shot -- two fatally -- in the 4800 block of Alcee Fortier Boulevard, the NOPD said.
Records show Madison was booked into the Orleans Justice Center jail at 3:17 a.m., on a single count of second-degree murder. If charged and convicted of the offense, Madison would face a mandatory lifetime prison sentence.
The Friday afternoon shooting, reported at 2:14 p.m., was New Orleans’ second mass shooting involving at least six victims in the past week. Six people were wounded the previous Friday night (April 29) when gunman opened fire upon patrons of the Balcony Bar on Magazine Street in Uptown New Orleans.
The NOPD said the investigation into the New Orleans East mass shooting “remains active and ongoing to identify additional suspects in this incident.”
Court records show Madison to be something of a career criminal, who in the last 20 years has been arrested nine times in Orleans Parish and sentenced to serve 15 years in state prison. Included in that span were convictions for which Madison was sentenced to five years in 2012 on gun charges and 10 years in 2015 for repeating an earlier burglary offense while out on parole.
It was not immediately clear how long Madison had been out of prison before being accused of murder in Friday’s shooting incident.
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