Man 'struck multiple times' in police-involved shooting at Bourbon and St. Louis streets; NOPD's use of force team investigating

New Orleans Police Department

One man is injured after he was shot by officers Saturday morning while responding a report of a person pointing a firearm at bystanders near the corner of Bourbon and St. Louis streets, according to the New Orleans Police Superintendent Shaun Ferguson.

New Orleans Eighth District Police officers responded to the call at 7:26 a.m. when they encountered the man armed with a gun, Ferguson said.

There was an exchange of gun fire between the police and the man, who was “struck multiple times,” New Orleans Police said.

Ferguson said four officers responded and three fired their service weapons at the man, who was struck in the chest.

The man was transported to a local hospital where he underwent surgery for a gunshot wound to the chest, Ferguson said.

No officers were injured in the incident, he said.

New Orleans Police’s Force Investigation Team, which investigates police use of force is investigating the incident, Ferguson said, adding that the crime scene stretches from the 400 to 500 blocks of St. Louis Street.

The four officers who responded were re-assigned as part of the New Orleans Police Department’s standard protocol pending the investigation, Ferguson said.

The New Orleans Independent Police Monitor was on scene following the shooting and federal monitoring agencies were also notified, including the FBI, Ferguson added.

“[It’s an] unfortunate incident whenever our officers have to resort to using their weapons during their course of duties,” Ferguson said. “We are praying for the family of this individual as well as our officers.”

It wasn’t immediately clear in front of which bar the gun fight occurred, Ferguson said, but added that it happened outside.

City-owned public safety surveillance cameras reportedly captured the footage of the shooting, according to New Orleans Police, which is being shared with the department’s Real Time Crime Center. Ferguson said the department will enact its video release policy.

The incident is under investigation, Ferguson said.

Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is asked to call the New Orleans Police Department at 504-658-6800.

Read New Orleans Police Department’s use of force policy here.

Gold Rolex watch snatched from victim's wrist by robbery suspect in Bourbon Street bathroom, NOPD says

New Orleans Police released surveillance camera footage of a suspect who allegedly snatched a gold Rolex watch off the wrist of a victim inside a Bourbon Street bathroom on Jan. 16.

A man briefly chased an alleged thief who snatched a gold Rolex watch from his wrist inside a Bourbon Street bathroom Jan. 16 before losing of the suspect, according to New Orleans Police.

The incident occurred at approximately 2:40 a.m. when the suspect followed the victim inside the bathroom of a business in the 200 block of Bourbon Street and took the watch, New Orleans Police said.

The suspect ran out of the building onto Iberville Street towards Royal Street, according to New Orleans Police. The victim briefly gave chase, but lost sight of the suspect.

New Orleans police are investigating the incident as a simple robbery and on Jan. 23 released surveillance camera footage of the suspect, which is pictured above.

Police describe the suspect as a black male standing six foot one inch tall with a slim build, wearing a white mesh hat with a black front, white t-shirt and dark colored pants.

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

Street closures, traffic controls scheduled for Jan. 22 filming in the French Quarter

Film crew at the Andrew Jackson Hotel in 2016. | Andrew Jackson Hotel Via Facebook

Street closures, traffic controls and parking restrictions are scheduled throughout the French Quarter on Wednesday to accommodate film production.

Danni Productions LLC will be conducting a Jan. 22 film shoot for a television series titled Your Honor, according to notices posted by the Vieux Carre Property Owners, Residents and Associates.

Your Honor is an upcoming Showtime series starring Byran Cranston.

Street closures include:

  • 800 block of St. Peters Street from 6 to 10 a.m.
  • 700 block of Orleans Street from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Streets with intermittent (three to five minutes) traffic control from 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. include:

  • 700 block of St. Peters Street
  • 600 block of Bourbon Street

Streets with no parking from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 22 include:

  • 700 block of Bourbon Street
  • 800 block of St. Peters Street
  • 800 block of Orleans Street
  • Portion of the 700 block of St. Peters Street
  • Portion of the 600 block of Bourbon Street

Bourbon Street independent record store Skully'z Recordz loses lease, closes Feb. 17

Skully’z Recordz via Facebook.

Skully’z Recordz, an independent record store located on Bourbon Street for the last 13 years, announced Saturday on social media that it will close permanently. The store’s last day is Feb. 17.

According to a Jan. 18 Facebook post by owner Scott Wells, the store lost the lease at its current location at 907 Bourbon Street. It’s unclear where, or if, Wells will relocate the business.

Police arrest suspect in Jan. 7 Bourbon Street shooting

Dominic Massa. Courtesy of the NOPD.

A man was arrested Tuesday evening for an alleged shooting on Bourbon Street that occurred earlier in the day, according to New Orleans police.

The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) arrested Dominic Massa, 25, on Jan. 7 following an investigation into the shooting in the 100 block of Bourbon Street that left a female victim injured

According to the NOPD, the victim was shot in the elbow at approximately 6:58 a.m. and later transported to a local hospital via ambulance.

During the investigation, the NOPD said, police determined that Massa was the shooter.

Massa was arrested without incident by NOPD Eighth District detectives with assistance of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Massa was booked on suspicion of aggravated battery by shooting, the NOPD said.

Anyone with additional information on this incident is asked to contact NOPD Eighth District Detectives at 504-658-6080.

NOPD investigates shooting on Bourbon Street

Brendan Riley | Flickr CC

New Orleans police are investigating a Tuesday morning shooting that occurred on Bourbon Street.

An initial report tweeted by the New Orleans Police Department shortly after 7:30 a.m. showed that a female victim was shot in the elbow in the 100 block of Bourbon Street.

The victim was transported to the local hospital via ambulance.

No other details were immediately available.

New Orleans police search for Bourbon Street robbery suspects who took dog, fanny pack from victim

Courtesy of the New Orleans Police Department.

Three suspects allegedly robbed a victim of their dog and fanny pack in the 600 block of Bourbon Street on Jan. 1, according to the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD).

The alleged robbery occurred at approximately 7 a.m. on New Year’s Day when a female suspect reportedly attacked the victim then took their dog, the NOPD said.

Two more suspects–both male–allegedly ran to the scene and also attacked the victim, this time taking their fanny pack, the NOPD said.

The NOPD released surveillance photos on Jan. 6 that allegedly show the suspects, which are pictured above.

Anyone with information in identifying the three suspects and their whereabouts is asked to contact NOPD Eighth District detectives at 504-658-6080. Anonymous callers can call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 877-903-7867.

Mardi Gras season begins Jan. 6 with Phunny Phorty Phellows street car ride from Uptown to the French Quarter

The Storyville Stompers performing on Twelfth Night aboard the St. Charles Avenue street car in 2011. Picture by Jim Hobbs via Flickr | CC.

Revelers are required to show up no later than 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 6 at the Willow Street car barn if they’re hoping to catch the official start of the 2020 Mardi Gras season with the Phunny Phorty Phellows.

The barn, located at 8200 Willow St., is where the Phellows gather to begin their street car ride at 7 p.m. sharp along St. Charles Avenue and ending at the corner of Canal and Bourbon streets.

The Phellows tradition coincides with Twelfth Night, or the 12th day after Christmas, starts the Mardi Gras season and kicks off the countdown to Fat (Shrove) Tuesday on Feb. 25.

The tradition first appeared after the parade of Rex in 1878, but disbanded in 1898, according to the krewe’s website.

Phellows was ultimately revived in 1981, with the street car rides beginning a year later in 1982.

This year’s ride will include a toast from members of the Krewe of Oak with the Phellows and the Storyville Stompers brass band.

The street car ride runs approximately six miles and may include revelers dressed in bizarre “satirical costume that reflect topical issues.”

Their motto is “a little nonsense now and then is cherished by the best of men.”

Riders will likely witness the selection of Phellows’ queen and king–or “boss”–who are chosen when they find the baby in each of the King Cakes that are passed around the street car as everyone sips champagne.

After reaching Canal Street, the street car will loop and head back down St. Charles Avenue, then back to the Willow Street barn on South Carrollton Avenue.

Earl Bernhardt, Tropical Isle co-founder, dies at 80

Earl Bernhardt, co-founder of the iconic Tropical Isle bar and the Hand Grenade drink, reportedly died on Dec. 5. He was 80 years old.

Bernhardt, along with his business partner Pam Fortner, founded the Tropical Isle bar after the 1984 Louisiana World Exposition and its melon-flavored signature cocktail served in an elongated neon green container shaped.

Shaped like a hand grenade at the bottom, cups are often seen strewn along Bourbon Street on a daily basis and have become an essential part of French Quarter scenery.

The drink comes in two varieties: frozen or with ice.

The bar expanded to five locations on Bourbon Street and has been a French Quarter mainstay for decades.

Longtime Tropical Isle employees praise Bernhardt for his generosity and treating them like family despite running a high-volume business with stressful hours.

His reputation extended to the local music community as his venues hosted many popular bands and musicians over the years.

Bernhardt was also known for his flashy dress. During visits to the bar, Bernhardt was occasionally seen wearing a solid gold chain with a Hand Grenade medallion around his neck.

Bernhardt was originally from Jackson, Mississippi. A cause of death was not disclosed.

A second line celebration of life parade was held for Bernhardt on Monday, Dec. 16.

Man and woman sought after Bourbon Street encounter leads to robbery, NOPD says

Courtesy of the NOPD.

The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) is searching for a man and a woman who are suspected of robbing an intoxicated victim at a hotel following a September 20 encounter on Bourbon Street.

The NOPD said the incident occurred on September 20 at midnight when the victim reported getting separated from his friends on Bourbon Street and that he met an unknown black female who offered to help find his hotel room.

Instead, according to the NOPD, the woman allegedly led him to a different hotel.

When the victim walked into the hotel’s elevator, a male suspect entered before the doors closed, and struck the victim over the head, causing the victim to lose consciousness.

The victim regained consciousness, the NOPD said, and discovered that his phone was missing, and two debit cards were missing from his wallet.

The victim could not provide a description of either subject, but did recall that the female subject wore yellow stripped pants.

The NOPD released a surveillance camera picture of the alleged woman.

The stolen debit cards were subsequently used at several locations causing approximately $3,088.12 in fraudulent charges, the NOPD said.

Security cameras from a Walmart in Kenner showed a woman clad in yellow stripped pants using the cards at the self-checkout counter, the NOPD said.

Anyone with information on this incident or the identity and whereabouts of the wanted subjects is asked to contact Detective Ron Howard at 504-658-6080 or call Crimestoppers anonymously at 504-822-1111 and toll-free at 877-903-7867.