Tour operator known as ‘Voodoo Bone Lady’ accused of shooting man in the French Quarter

The Bone Lady, AKA April Caldwell. Photo: Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office.

A tour operator in the French Quarter was arrested on Jan. 14 after allegedly shooting a man in the abdomen following a domestic incident on Royal Street, according to various local reports.

April Caldwell, 41, was taken into custody by the New Orleans Police Department shortly after 8:30 p.m. after the shooting, which occurred in the 600 block of Royal Street, according to

Caldwell, who runs a walking ghost tour company in the French Quarter under the alias of Voodoo Bone Lady, was charged with one count of aggravated battery.

Caldwell first appearance in the case on Jan. 15 in Orleans Parish Magistrate Court, where she also signed a domestic stay away order, records show.

According to court records, Caldwell’s bond remains in jail on a $100,000 bond.

A family of street performers interviewed by The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate said they heard Caldwell and another man arguing followed by a gunshot.

The 56-year-old victim, according to police, was reportedly dating Caldwell and was transported to a local hospital after the shooting.

April Caldwell’s alleged arrest on Jan. 14. Photo: Eevie Lisa Ford.

According to Louisiana Secretary of State records, Caldwell runs her company 5-Star Voodoo Bone Lady Haunted Tours under the alias of Onassys Bloomberg at 628 Royal Street.

A progress report is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Feb. 12 in section M4 and a rule to show cause is scheduled for 3 p.m. on March 15 in section M3 in Orleans Parish Magistrate Court, according to court records.

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

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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.

South Rampart shooting suspect sought by NOPD

A man captured on a surveillance camera video Dec. 15 is wanted for a shooting in the 600 block of S. Rampart St. that left a victim injured, the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) said.

The suspect approached the victim who was walking his dog at approximately 2 a.m. and demanded his belongings, the NOPD said.

Even though the victim complied, the NOPD said, the suspect shot his firearm several times, striking the victim.

Surveillance camera footage of alleged 600 S. Rampart St. shooting suspect. Courtesy of NOPD.

According to Fox 8, the victim was struck once in the back of the leg as he tried to flee from the suspect.

Surveillance camera footage of the suspect leaving the scene was released by the NOPD on Dec. 18 and can be viewed above.

Any information on this incident or this suspect is asked to contact NOPD Eighth District detectives at 504-658-6080, or to call anonymously to Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free 877-903-STOP.