2 men arrested after 5 injured in Aug. 1 shooting near Bourbon Street, Orleans Avenue

Two men were arrested last week in connection to a shooting that injured five people near Bourbon Street and Orleans Avenue.

The shooting was reported shortly before 3 a.m. on Aug. 1, according to New Orleans Police.

Through an investigation, which included surveillance video captured by the Real Time Crime Center, New Orleans Police identified and arrested 22-year-old Markez Jefferson (pictured above, right) and 20-year-old Nathan Saavedra (pictured left) on suspicion of aggravated battery Aug 3.

Jefferson was positively identified as the shooter in this incident, according to New Orleans Police.

20-year-old Nathan Saavedra, left, and 22-year-old Markez Jefferson, right. Courtesy of NOPD.

Both Jefferson and Saavedra were booked into the St. Bernard Parish Jail before they were transferred Aug. 3 to Orleans Parish, according to New Orleans Police.

Jefferson was booked on five counts of attempted second-degree murder, while Saavedra was booked on one county of obstruction of justice.

A third person, Kareem Carter, is sought in the investigation and wanted on charges of illegal carrying of a firearm by a convicted felon and obstruction of justice, according to New Orleans Police.

An arrest warrant was obtained for Carter, police added.

Carter | NOPD

“I want to commend the officers who worked diligently to make an arrest related to the shooting that wounded five people in the Eighth District,” NOPD Superintendent Shaun Ferguson said. “This thoughtless act could have been a much larger tragedy had anyone been killed by the reckless actions of the accused individuals.”

Anyone with additional information on this incident is asked to contact NOPD Eighth District detectives at 504-658-6080. Anonymous callers can contact Crimestoppers of Greater New Orleans at 504-822-1111 or toll-free 877-903-7867.