NOPD: Bourbon Street bartender killed by stray bullet while at work; woman arrested

A woman was arrested Sunday on suspicion of manslaughter after she fired a gun outside a Bourbon Street club and the stray bullet struck a male bartender in the chest as he worked, killing him, according to New Orleans Police.

Eighth District police officers responded to a call for an aggravated battery by shooting at the bar in the 700 block of Bourbon Street at about 2:05 a.m. Upon arrival, they located the bartender who sustained a gunshot wound and was declared dead at the scene, according to the NOPD.

The name of the man who was killed was not immediately released by investigators until family was notified first, although colleagues and friends in the French Quarter identified him as 46-year-old bartender at Cat’s Meow nightclub.

The Quarter Rat is declining to identify the bartender until his name is officially released. Update [3/23/22, 6:53 p.m.]: the bartender was Spencer Hudson, whose cause of death was identified as a gunshot wound, according to the Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office.

A 24-year-old female identified as Daphney Jackson was arrested by homicide detectives a short time after the shooting and booked into Orleans Parish Justice Center on suspicion of three charges, including discharging a gun during a violent crime and obstruction of justice, records show.

The shooting is under investigation by homicide detectives, according to NOPD.

The Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office will identify the victim and official cause of death upon completion of autopsy and notifying family.

Anyone with additional information on this incident is asked to call NOPD Homicide Detective Walter Edmond at 504-658-5300. Anonymous callers can contact Crimestoppers of Greater New Orleans at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 1-877-903-STOP.

Jackson/Courtesy of NOPD