Treme shootout involves ATV drivers, angry motorist

Treme shooting involves ATV drivers and another man

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - FOX 8 obtained exclusive video of as many as 10 ATVs pulling into the Claiborne Express Gas station at Esplanade and Claiborne on Sunday afternoon.

"At that same time, a man driving a white Volvo, identified as Richard Macklin, pulled up to the gas station and he and the group driving the ATVs began to argue," NOPD Chief Michael Harrison said.

Police said Macklin became upset because the ATV riders were blocking the gas pumps. They say Macklin pulled out a gun and started shooting.

"Over a dozen shots were fired, and I ran outside to see what happened," witness Ryan Dowd said.

Investigators said three men were shot when one of the victims pulled out a gun and returned fire, striking Macklin in the back of the head. All four were rushed to the hospital.

“At the same time, three other individuals who were also driving ATVs with this group fled the scene towards the Seventh District of New Orleans East,” Harrison said.

After a brief chase, the NOPD arrested the three ATV riders and booked them with reckless operation and various other traffic violations. Macklin was booked with three counts of attempted second-degree murder. The man who shot Macklin was not arrested because police say he acted in self-defense and also had a concealed carry permit.

In all, police confiscated five ATVs.

Harrison said the incident should also serve as a reminder that ATVs or four-wheelers are not street legal.

"It's not safe for you. It's not safe for everyone around you," Harrison said.

In August of 2014, an ATV ran over Daphne Cola as she stood outside Kermit Ruffin's Mother-in-Law Lounge on Claiborne. Cola died nine days later.

As police investigate the shooting involving ATV riders just blocks from where Cola was killed two years ago, they hope it will serve as a reminder to anyone who considers riding an ATV on the street again.

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