4 people shot in New Orleans’ Central Business District in single episode, police say | Crime/Police

New Orleans police tracked leads Saturday in the shooting of four people in the Central Business District.

The gunfire erupted in the 100 block of Camp Street (map) on Friday at about 9:20 p.m., police said. At least two victims scattered, their injuries reported to police from other nearby locations and initially leading officers to suspect three shootings in 12 minutes. Investigators soon concluded it was a single incident.

The wounded people were found at the intersection of Camp and Canal streets at 9:23 p.m., St. Charles and Gravier streets at 9:26 p.m. and the 300 block of Magazine Street at 9:35 p.m.

All victims were taken to a hospital. Police did not release the identities of the victims, their conditions or information on suspects or a motive.

The violence broke out less than a week after a man was wounded by gunfire in the 100 block of Camp early on Sept. 26. Police have identified a 19-year-old Lake Charles man, Joshua Stewart, as a suspect in that case, alleging that he fled to his hometown after the shooting.

The Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office on Thursday released the name of the man who was fatally shot at a busy Central Business District intersec…

Both the late Friday and the Sept. 26 shootings occurred about a block from where 37-year-old Lymon Brignac of Lake Charles was fatally shot, in the 100 block of St. Charles, on Sept. 8. Brignac’s son, 18-year-old Devin Levier, fired a pistol at someone moments after the deadly shooting but didn’t hit anyone. Levier was booked with illegally discharging a gun. Police detained a teenager accused of shooting Brignac but haven’t announced any charges.

And on Aug. 22, 33-year-old Romero Butler was fatally shot outside his apartment building in the 200 block of Camp. Police haven’t announced any arrests in Butler’s killing. 

Overall, crime in New Orleans has dropped almost 12% in 2020 when compared to last year, but homicides have increased more than 57% and nonfatal shootings have jumped by some 42%, according to unofficial statistics maintained by City Council crime analyst Jeff Asher.

 

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