Man dies after shooting near Bourbon, Toulouse streets

All photos by Eric T. Styles
A man has died after a shooting Wednesday afternoon near the intersection of Bourbon and Toulouse streets in the French Quarter, according to New Orleans Police.

Witnesses reported several gun shots shortly before 2 p.m. in the 800 block of Toulouse Street, near SLUSH Frozen Cocktails bar, where the man was shot several times.

Immediately after the shooting, witnesses said the victim ran inside the bar, where he collapsed. The man was located at the scene by New Orleans Police and medic units, who responded to the incident within minutes.

The man was transported to a local hospital, where he died, according to NOPD Eighth District Commander Hans Ganthier.

The alleged shooter was apprehended several blocks away on Rampart Street. Neither the victim or the suspect were immediately identified by police.

UPDATED Coast Guard suspends search for 3 juveniles in Mississippi River near Crescent City Connection bridge

(Photo: U.S. Coast Guard New Orleans)
New Orleans Coast Guard officials on early Sunday morning were searching for three missing juveniles who were last seen entering the Mississippi River near the Crescent City Connection bridge.

Update 4/25/22, 7:14 p.m. CST: the search was suspended at 7:33p.m. Sunday in New Orleans, according to Coast Guard officials.

“The decision to suspend any search and rescue case is never easy but considering the extensive search efforts of our Coast Guard men and women, in conjunction with other response agencies, I’ve made the difficult decision to suspend our active search for the three children,” said Capt. Kelly Denning, Coast Guard Sector New Orleans commander in a statement. “Our prayers are with the families during this difficult time.”

Rescue crews searched more than 93 miles along the Mississippi River with a combined 55 total hours, according to officials.

Several Coast Guard units were dispatched to search for the juveniles, including a 15-year-old male, a 14-year-old female and an 8-year-old female shortly before 12:30 a.m., according to officials.

Rescue units include an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew, two Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team boatcrews, a crew from the Coast Guard Cutter Sawfish, New Orleans Fire and Police personnel, Jefferson and St. Bernard parish sheriff’s offices and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.

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

Hurricane Ida makes landfall in the French Quarter

Hurricane Ida has made landfall in the French Quarter. I produced a short video with some of the footage I filmed from the balcony of my Toulouse Street home. Thankfully, there was no major damage, although the storm gave us a pretty good scare.

Video by Eric T Styles

UPDATED Crews extinguish fire at Clover Grill; diner temporarily closed

(Photo by Kevin Minsky/The Quarter Rat)
New Orleans Fire crews extinguished a fire that broke out at the Clover Grill on Bourbon Street early Friday morning.

Firefighters received a report of a fire shortly after 3:30 a.m. at the restaurant located at 900 Bourbon St. Emergency police and fire vehicles were seen rushing down Bourbon Street at 3:40 a.m., according to one witness. Smoke could be seen billowing out of the front door as crews arrived on scene.

Update July 3, 2020, 1:02 p.m.: There is no structure damage from the fire and no injuries were reported, according to a social media post from Clover Grill on Friday.

The fire was extinguished shortly before 4 a.m. The extent of the damage is unclear, although the structure, as well as the residential unit on top, are still standing.

“We are sad to report that a small fire broke out last night when we were closed. Thankfully everyone was out of the building and no one was hurt. There is no structural damage and we are hoping that it will be an easy process to clean and reopen.

“In the meantime we will be temporarily closed.”