NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) — Christmas Day continues to take a dark turn in and around New Orleans East on Saturday evening as the NOPD reported a fatal hit-and-run in the 13800 block of Chef Menteur Highway.

According to an official tweet from @NOPDNews, officers were on the scene investigating the incident in Village De L’est at 6:28 p.m. Upon arrival they found a 74-year-old man on the roadway after being struck by an unknown vehicle that was traveling eastbound on Chef Highway when it fled the scene.

The victim was pronounced dead at the location of the incident.

The NOPD had already reported two fatalities earlier in the day, with the first occurring near the intersection of Plum Orchard Street and Chef Menteur, and a second which resulted in the death of one man and hospitalized another on South Claiborne Avenue.

At approximately 2:40 pm, the NOPD also reported that an adult male and female arrived at the hospital with gunshot wounds. 

Detectives are investigating to determine the vehicle involved and the driver in the hit and run, as well as gathering further details in the separate shootings mentioned above.

Stay tuned to WGNO News for further updates.