NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) — Police are working to locate a suspect connected to a fatal shooting that occurred in New Orleans East, but only have images of a vehicle in question to help them move forward in the investigation.
NOPD reports just before 4 p.m. on Wednesday, February 9, police responded to a report of a shooting at the intersection of Old Gentilly and Franch Road.
When they arrived, officers found two gunshot victims sitting in a car. The driver, later identified as 21-year-old Wilton Marks, had been shot in the chest. Marks was declared dead on the scene.
The passenger, who NOPD refers to as a “juvenile male,” had been shot in the leg and was transported to an area hospital. Their name and age were not released by police.
Investigators have identified the pictured vehicle wanted in connection to the shootings.
- A gray Honda CRV
- Has dark tinted windows
- 5 spoke rims
- A silver trimmed grill
- A small rear rooftop antenna
- Has a minor dent on the front right fender, above the tire
- Bearing Louisiana license plate 597FAL
Just hours after NOPD announced police were searching for the suspect vehicle, it was also reported detectives were looking for a person of interest in the investigation.
The individual, only described as an unknown Black male, is seen in surveillance footage released by NOPD wearing a black sweatshirt with the hood up, along with jeans and white sneakers.
NOPD reports the person is not wanted on criminal charges and is only being sought after for interviewing in the case.
According to police, the individual is known to frequent the 2200 and 2300 blocks of North Galvez Street in St. Roch. He could also be seen utilizing a gold sedan vehicle (pictured).
Anyone with any information on this shooting, the whereabouts of the suspect vehicle, or the person of interest is urged to contact NOPD at 504-658-5300, or submit an anonymous tip to Crimestopper at 504-822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP.