French Quarter male transient shot after daring tourist to shoot him, according to reports

New Orleans Police have arrested a man on suspicion of firearm and aggravated battery charges after he allegedly shot another man near Bourbon Street Monday.

The shooting was reported shortly after 7:40 p.m. near the intersection of Bourbon and Governor Nicholls streets, according to New Orleans Police.

The male victim was transported via private vehicle to a local hospital, where he was treated.

Police arrested 28-year-old Austin Harrison and booked him into Orleans Parish Justice Center on suspicion of aggravated battery, illegal use of a weapon and illegally carrying a weapon, according to court records. His bond was set at $9,500

According to, Harrison is from Oklahoma and was visiting town with his mom when he allegedly shot the victim, identified as 19-year-old Kenneth Bordelon, a transient living his truck.


Harrison was part of a tour group when he encountered Bordelon, who was smoking weed and drinking beer on the street corner when the two got into a verbal altercation and Bordelon dared Harrison to shoot him in the head, according to the newspaper, adding that Harrison instead allegedly shot Bordelon in the foot.

Harrison first appeared in court Tuesday, where he was advised to hire a private attorney in order to file a motion to leave the area if he makes bond, according to records.

VIDEO: drunk tourist spills drink, licks it off Bourbon Street pavement

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Bourbon Street is filled with YouTube gold, such as this Dec. 30 video appearing to show a drunk male tourist putting his bare tongue on Bourbon Street, presumably in the spot where he just spilled his fishbowl cocktail seconds earlier. The incident occurred during the evening, when the street is heavy with foot traffic.

We’re not sure what to make of this, except to say more disgusting things have happened here. Hopefully he doesn’t catch anything worse than COVID-19.

New Orleans Police investigate Bourbon Street shooting that injured man UPDATED

New Orleans Police are investigating a shooting that injured a man on Bourbon Street Saturday.

The shooting occurred in the 300 block of Bourbon Street, according to a release by New Orleans Police shortly after 1:30 a.m.

[Update: Dec. 28, 2020, 4:38 a.m. CST] Reports indicate that a man was shot in the leg while attempting to break up a fight and was transported to University Medical Center via ambulance, according to New Orleans Police.

[Update: Dec. 29, 2020, 2:08 p.m. CST]A fight was reported at 10:55 p.m., followed by a report of a shooting at 10:56 a.m., in the 300 block of Bourbon Street, according to NOPD logs.

No further information was available.

Corrected to reflect the accurate day of the shooting.

Fahy’s, Bourbon Pub Parade reopen after COVID-19 shutdown

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At least four more French Quarter bars, including two on Bourbon Street, have reopened after closing for several months due to restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bourbon Pub and Parade, located at 801 Bourbon St., will open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for to-go cocktails from 2 to 11 p.m.

Fahy’s Irish Pub, located at 540 Burgundy St., reopened on Oct. 3 for to-go drinks.

The bar’s current regular hours at 1 to 11 p.m. and it’s open for to-go drinks only, although Hurricane Delta could affect its hours. The Category 3 hurricane is expected to make landfall along the Gulf Coast, likely somewhere in Louisiana, according to the National Weather Service.

The house phone is out of order, so if you need to contact Fahy’s, send a message on Facebook or email

Tropical Isle also opened on Oct. 3, at noon, for to-go drinks only at least three of its Bourbon Street locations. The bar, which is known for its Hand Grenade drink, is located at 721 Bourbon St., 610 Bourbon St., 600 Bourbon St. and 435 Bourbon St.

The company also owns the Honky Tonk, which is located at 727 Bourbon St.

Beachbum Berry’s Latitude 29, located at 321 N. Peters St., opened on Oct. 2. As of Wednesday, in addition to-go cocktails, the bar/restaurant offered full-service drinking and dining from 4 to 10 p.m. A reservation on is recommended.

Betty’s Bar and Bistro, located at 700 Burgundy St., reopened on Oct. 4. The bar previously announced that its landlord had to “close permanently” due to the coronavirus pandemic.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced “Phase 3.1” opening guidelines, which began on Oct. 3, and will occur in three stages. The second stage, “Phase 3.2,” which could begin as early as Oct. 16.

“Phase 3.3” could begin as early as Oct. 31 and will allow indoor bar seating, and increased crowd sizes.

New Orleans Police seek identity in suspected Bourbon Street aggravated assault

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New Orleans Police are seeking the identify of a person suspected in an aggravated assault incident on Bourbon Street Saturday.

The suspect (pictured above) is sought in the incident, which occurred in the 20 block of Bourbon Street, at about 11:30 p.m., according to New Orleans Police.

Anyone with information is asked to call Eighth District detectives at 504-658-6080 or Crimestoppers of Greater New Orleans at 504-822-1111.