3 shot dead on Banks Street in Mid-City, NOPD says
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Three male victims were killed Saturday night (Jan. 7) in a triple homicide on Banks Street in Mid-City, New Orleans police said.
The victims, whose identities have not been disclosed, included a 27-year-old man and two other male victims whose ages, if determined, have not been revealed by police. The victims were found shortly after 10 p.m. in the 3300 block of Banks Street near the corner of South Rendon Street.
Several of the neighbors near the 3300 block of banks street say the sound of fireworks is not unheard of in that portion of Mid-City, but as the sound got louder Saturday night they quickly realized this was something different.
“Yeah it was around 11 o’clock. We were watching a movie and we heard a pretty indescribable sound,” said one neighbor who did not wish to be identified.
A nearby neighbor says he was sitting in his house when he realized bullets were coming through the walls.
FOX 8 was shown surveillance video off camera that showed a black truck coming to a stop at the intersection of S Rendon & Banks Street. At least two people were seen getting out. One them ran down the street while another could be seen taking a few steps before collapsing in the road. One of the neighbors is a doctor and says he tried to give the victims medical attention, but it was too late.
Others say the gun shots could be heard for several blocks down banks street and they believe that the suspects were shooting from a different vehicle.
“Yeah i could see, I saw the one guy, didn’t really know what was going on but afterward noticed there were a lot of neighbors outside and one guy... he had run over to this area. He had checked on the bodies, he yelled that there were three people on the ground.”
Just saw the tail end of a shooting from my porch. Looks like three people dead. Avoid Banks St if you’re in Mid City. pic.twitter.com/oP3LeFtpFX— evanem (@evanempdx) January 8, 2023
Video posted to social media by a resident in the area showed the crime scene centered around a dark pickup truck sitting near the center median.
Saturday’s triple killing was the latest group shooting in what has been an especially bloody first week of 2023 for New Orleans. In the past five days, the NOPD also has:
- Discovered three people shot to death inside a home in the 1700 block of Gentilly Boulevard on Jan. 3.
- Found four men shot -- one critically wounded -- on Jan. 3 in the 2600 block of South Rocheblave Street in the Hoffman Triangle area.
- Responded to a mass shooting in Central City that left two people dead and three others wounded on Jan. 5 at St. Andrew Street and Rev. John Raphael Jr. Way.
Anyone with information on Saturday’s triple homicide is asked to contact NOPD detective Shondell Fields at (504) 658-5300 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.
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