Bourbon Street: One dead, three wounded after suspect steals gun and opens fire

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(KLFY) A man being removed from Willie’s Chicken Shack got hold of a security guard’s gun and fired several shots, killing a female bystander and wounding the guard and another person early Sunday morning on Bourbon Street, according to the New Orleans Police Department.

The suspected shooter was also injured, though it wasn’t immediately clear how he got shot.

The shooting took place around 3:15 a.m. in the 400 block of Bourbon Street. 

NOPD Chief Shaun Ferguson said the indcident occurred when an armed security guard was trying to remove a man from the eatery and a struggle ensued. 

The man then took the security guard’s gun and began firing. A woman, who was walking on Bourbon, was shot. She was later taken to University Medical Center where she died, police say. 

In addition to the woman who died, the security guard and the suspected shooter, another man walking on Bourbon Street also was wounded.

The shooter was arrested on scene. According to Ferguson, he was taken to UMC for surgery. 

The security guard was also taken to the hospital and is listed as stable. The third victim was treated and released, Ferguson said. 

Ferguson said NOPD officers acted swiftly and said he is confident in the force’s deployment. 

“We have officers in every aspect of our city throughout this Mardi Gras season. We have all hands-on deck and we showed tonight while working with our partners that we are here and we are ready and will not tolerate unnecessary gun violence,” Ferguson said. 

Last Sunday, five people were shot on Canal Street. The suspect in that incident was killed. 

Ferguson said since Friday, NOPD seized seven guns off the street; five from Saturday night and two on Friday. 

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said guns and weapons will not be tolerated in the city of New Orleans. 

“We will continue to be proactive and we will continue to respond as necessary when these types of events do occur. Of course, we want to prevent them as best as possible but that comes to individuals coming to cause harm to others but if you choose to, we not only are prepared but we will respond as necessary as demonstrated here this morning as well as demonstrated last week,” Cantrell said. 

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