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New Orleans Bass Player Severely Beaten

A well-known New Orleans musician is recovering after he was brutally beaten.

Doug Potter suffered severe head trauma in the attack and is now in an induced coma.

WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter talked to family members; and he has the latest on the investigation.

“Nobody can say a bad word about my brother, Steve Potter said. “He’s always been an ambassador of music.”

New Orleans bass player Doug Potter is seen in several music videos doing what he loves most.

Investigators say he’d just finished playing in the French Quarter at Cafe Beignet late Monday, night when he was ambushed by two men outside of Last Call Bar on Conti Street.

Trotter asked, “Why do you think they went after him? I think it was random, the victim’s sister Kim Giveans said. “I think he just happened to be vulnerable because he was carrying his upright jazz bass.”

“They didn’t take a thing, he wasn’t robbed and that’s what really kills me,” Steve Potter added.

Investigators with the New Orleans Police Department have released a computer generated sketch of one suspect.

He has a tattoo between his eyes that appears to be a “W” with a cross above it.

“It makes me very angry,” Steve Potter said.

The man beloved by members of the local music community was beaten so severely, he suffered serious head trauma and is now in a medically induced coma to help minimize the damage.

Family members are cautiously optimistic about his slowly improving health.

“He is slowly making progress, he’s moving, and he’s breathing on his own at times,” Steve Potter said.

“Today he moved his leg when we tried to put socks on because he doesn’t like the cold,” Kim Giveans said.

Security camera video shows the two suspects walking near the crime scene with a women .

One is described as having a light complexion, approximately 6-feet tall, and a thin build.

The one with the face tattoo, has a stocky build and stands about 5-foot-7 inches tall.

“I would like to see these people taken off the streets so this will not happen to anybody again,” Steve Potter said.

Anyone with information in the case is asked to call Crimestoppers (504) 822-1111.

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