13 people shot in New Orleans Saturday; most violent day in 2017

13 people shot in New Orleans Saturday; most violent day in 2017

Two people were shot dead and 11 people wounded by gunfire Saturday (June 3) in New Orleans, the highest number of people shot in a single day so far in 2017.

As of Sunday morning, more than 300 people have been killed or wounded by gunfire in New Orleans — a rate of roughly two people a day.

New Orleans police are investigating five separate shootings that occurred Saturday. Here is a timeline of the shootings that occurred and what we know so far.

12:30 a.m.

Five people were hit by gunfire after shooting started outside the Mid-City Event Center at 3717 Tulane Ave. shortly after 12:30 a.m. Two men were killed.

A family member has identified 21-year-old Zachary Nelson, a former place kicker for the St. Augustine High School football team, as one of the men killed. Nelson graduated in 2014.
This is the second quintuple shooting in the past year to occur in the area in the 3700 block of Tulane Avenue and Ulloa Street. NOPD 1st District Commander Hans Ganthier, who spoke to reporters at the scene at 3 a.m. Saturday, said it has been an “area of concentration” for the police, and will continue to be.

Surveillance video from a nearby business, see above, shows people fleeing the scene of the shooting running toward South Telemachus Street around 12:37 a.m. Saturday.

2:45 a.m.

A 35-year-old man was shot around 2:45 a.m. as he was getting into his car in the 2200 block of A.P. Tureaud Avenue, according to a preliminary NOPD report. The man suffered a graze wound to the arm and was transported by private vehicle to the hospital.

12:20 p.m.

A 64-year-old man was found shot in the 2100 block of South Liberty Street around 12:20 p.m. The victim was sitting inside his vehicle at the location when he was struck by gunfire, according to the initial NOPD report.

Police said the gunfire wounded the man’s wrist and grazed the back of his head. The man was transported to the hospital in an ambulance.

Photos taken by NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune photographer Michael DeMocker at the scene, including the one above, showed what appeared to be blood stains on the driver’s side door of a white van at Erato Street and Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard.

11:10 p.m.

Four people were shot in the Pines Village neighborhood of New Orleans East around 11:10 p.m. Saturday. The shooting occurred in the 6600 block of Foch Road as the victims were “walking away from a party,” according to an initial NOPD report.

Two of the wounded were transported to the hospital in an ambulance. The other two were taken to the hospital in a private vehicle.

11:37 p.m.

Two men were wounded in a double shooting that occurred in the 2900 block of Upperline Street just before midnight. The victims were arguing with their neighbor, when the neighbor got out a gun and started shooting, according to the initial NOPD report.

One of the men was hit in the neck, while the other was struck in the hip. Both were transported to the hospital by ambulance.

Saturday had the most shootings thus far in 2017.

Eight people were shot, two fatally, on Feb. 10, the highest number of shootings in the city in a single day up to this point in 2017.

The two fatal Feb. 10 shootings included:

  • A 37-year-old woman who was sitting in her home when she was killed by a stray bullet after two men in a black sedan opened fire on a group of people near Dryades and Second streets in Central City. The woman had recently moved to New Orleans from Honduras. Five others were wounded.
  • Jordan Espadron was robbing a cell phone store when he an armed customer shot and killed him. Police said no charges would be filed in the incident.

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