NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – Police say the man who fired the first shot Sunday on Bourbon Street is in custody.
The New Orleans Police Department’s Violent Offender Warrant Squad and the U.S. Marshal’s arrested 20-year-old Trung T. Le (also known as “Joe”) in Mississippi Friday about two hours after authorities publicly identified him as a suspect.
“So that it’s perfectly clear he has been arrested on first degree murder and nine counts of attempted first degree murder,” NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas told reporters less than 30 minutes after Le’s arrest.
Le is the only suspect identified in the case.
Chief Ronal Serpas says a search is underway for the second shooter. “We’re absolutely looking for him, and we still need assistance in identifying him,” he said at Friday’s news conference.
Nine bystanders were wounded and one woman died when police say two men exchanged gunfire early Sunday morning in the 700 block of Bourbon Street before fleeing the scene.
Serpas says the second gunman may have headed towards Esplanade then Rampart after the shooting. He’s asking everyone who lives along, or in the vicinity of those streets, to check their security cameras.
This week, homicide detectives interviewed three persons of interest. They identified one as Justin Odom.
Odom turned himself over to police Wednesday, hours after he was publicly identified. Surveillance video shows Odom running down Royal Street Sunday, minutes after the shooting.
Odom was released and faces no charges in connection with the Bourbon Street attack. But police say he is known to hangout with the suspect, Le.
Thursday evening the mayor’s office released several photos of two men they believed had critical information about the shooting. Both were questioned and cleared of having any connection to the shooting, although one was booked on unrelated charges.
“Our Eighth District and Homicide Detectives have worked around the clock since this shooting incident took place and I am confident we will bring all of the perpetrators in this case to justice. I am thankful to local, state and regional law enforcement agencies that have assisted the NOPD and to the community for the numerous Crimestoppers tips we have received,” Serpas said.
Anyone knowing information about the shooting can call CRIMESTOPPERS at 822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP. If you recorded any video of the shooting scene Sunday morning or have video on your home security camera that you think might help with the investigation, you can email it to the NOPD at NOPDtips@Nola.gov.