An argument allegedly between two tourists has turned deadly, leaving one person dead and 10 others injured in an early morning shooting on New Orlean’s Bourbon Street in the French Quarter. The two shooters are still on the loose after the fight and shootout that happened on Bourbon Street near Iberville Sunday morning. New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu and Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards have issued statements about the crime and loss of life.
New Orleans is best known for endless parties, Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest, plus some of the greatest food served at a variety of restaurants, says the Inquisitr. And the French Quarter wouldn’t be the French Quarter without infamous Bourbon Street. But for all of the wonderful and exciting parties, New Orleans has a dark side with a high crime rate, often associated with those who prey on tourists. But according to the police, the Sunday morning shooting was not the usual crime of opportunity.
The Advocate is reporting that two visitors to New Orleans got in a fight that led to a shootout on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter Sunday morning, and police are on a manhunt to track down and arrest the two shooters. Police Superintendent Michael Harrison says that both shooters fled the scene unharmed, leaving behind a barrage of violence.
“They made a choice to endanger the lives of thousands of visitors and residents who were in the are. I’m confident we will track down those responsible for the crimes. We will hold them accountable for their actions.”
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The dead man has been identified as Demontris Toliver, a tattoo artist from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Toliver was hanging out with friends after the Bayou Classic football game that took place Saturday at the Superdome when he was a bystander that perished in the shooting. He was shot in the chest and shoulder, and died at the hospital.
Mayor Landrieu is crediting the New Orleans police and first responders with their alert response to the shooting, and keeping the loss of life to one person.
“[The loss of Toliver is] a tragic death for what would otherwise have been a very promising life.”
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The Washington Post is saying that the two men obviously ignored the current push for tourists to leave their guns at home when visiting New Orleans because at this time it seems no locals were involved. Police Superintendent Harrison says he is reiterating the statement about firearms. He is being candid about the income of the French Quarter being based largely on tourism and gun violence makes people understandably feel unsafe.
“We’ve made a strong message that this was not the place or time to bring firearms to the French Quarter during the Bayou Classic event or any event. This was not something that should’ve happened. This is the wrong place to bring firearms. We’ve made that clear.”
The cashier at the parking garage on Iberville Street says that he became aware of the shooting when many bystanders ran into the parking structure for safety.
“Everybody was running into the garage to get away.”
A huge crowd tends to gather on Bourbon Street after the Bayou Classic, which is a rivalry football game between two “historically black colleges.” In 2014, there was a similar shooting just a block away after an argument. Ten people were shot then, with one woman dying as a result.
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Anyone with any information is urged to call New Orleans Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.
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