Coroner identifies victims in double shooting on Bienville Avenue

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* UPDATE – On January 21, the New Orleans Coroner identified the victims in the January 18 double shooting on Bienville Avenue.

Both 30-year-old Santiago Rubio and 40-year-old Ilia Henderson died as a result of gunshot wounds sustained in this incident.


NEW ORLEANS — The NOPD is investigating a double homicide and shooting in the 3000 block of Bienville Avenue. It happened around 5:26 Monday night.

Police say a man and a woman were shot to death. The man was pronounced dead on scene and the woman later died at the hospital.

Another man was also shot, but so far, no word on his condition.

One woman who did not want to be identified said, “It was happening as I was talking to 911.”

She heard 10 to 15 shots feet away from her home.

“We heard a lot of screaming, the lady was down on the sidewalk, there was another guy down and I saw a guy fall down in the middle of the road too,” the woman said.

Once clear, neighbors tried to save lives.

“We have super awesome neighbors who jumped in and started doing chest compressions really quickly on a lady,” the woman said. “They didn’t stop. There were three guys and they didn’t stop until the ambulance came.”

Witnesses say the shooters were dressed in all black and acted quickly. They were able to get away in a car with temporary plates. So far, police have not released details on a suspect(s) or motive.

“Once they had already shot people, they weren’t even aiming. They were just spraying,” the woman said. “I kind of just think it’s desperate people, desperate times.”

Family on scene only identified one of the victims as Diego and said he’s in his 30’s.

The Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office will determine the official cause of death and release the victims’ names, upon completion of autopsy and notification of family.

Homicide Detective Tenisha Smith is leading the ongoing investigation and can be reached at 504-658-5300. Citizens with information that can help solve crimes are asked to call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 and toll-free at 1-877-903-7867.

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