NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) — A man is dead after a shooting in the St. Roch area early Saturday morning, according to the New Orleans Police Department.

The NOPD says just after 1:30 a.m., officers responded to the 1600 block of Marigny Street on a report of a man down in the area. When they arrived they found the victim suffering from a gunshot wound.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. On Monday (Jan. 9), the victim was identified as 37-year-old Richard Smith. His preliminary cause of death has been listed as a gunshot wound.

No further details are available at this time but the NOPD is in the process of gathering evidence and information in order to determine a possible suspect and motive.

Homicide Detective Michael Polukis is leading the ongoing investigation. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Homicide Unit at 504-658-5300 or call Crimestoppers anonymously at 504-822-1111 and toll-free at 1-877-903-7867

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