NOPD: Gang targeted one victim in mass shooting

NOPD: Gang targeted one victim in mass shooting
Published: Jul. 29, 2018 at 10:58 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 30, 2018 at 7:56 AM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - New Orleans police say they are working with Louisiana State Police, U.S. Attorney's office, ATF and the FBI to identify the shooter, or shooters that killed three people and injured seven others.

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Desperate cries replaced the sounds of music and merriment that typically waft through the parking lot near Jazz Daquiri's.

Some had already been a part of the large crowd enjoying the weekend and others that rushed to the scene after learning of the tragedy.

"This has to be personal. This firing indiscriminately into a crowd," said NOPD Police Chief Michael Harrison." It doesn't get more personal."

Sunday's investigation revealed one of the dead men was targeted. Harrison said that the suspects stood over the individual and fired multiple rounds.

The NOPD now believes the incident was gang-related.

"While investigators are still in the early stages of the investigation, they have obtained evidence that leads them to believe that this incident is gang related. Detectives have also determined that one of the deceased male victims, who was found shot multiple times outside the shops in the 3400 block of South Claiborne Avenue, was the intended target," a police spokesperson said.

There is no update on the condition of the victims who lived.

Harrison is urging members of the community to call NOPD Homicide Unit detectives at 504-658-5300 or Crimestoppers with any information that may help in the investigation. Crimestoppers is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in this case.

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