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50 LSP troopers to help in New Orleans

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Posted: Jul 3, 2014 5:56 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Jul 3, 2014 5:56 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: state police, bourbon street, french quarter, shooting

BATON ROUGE - An extra 50 State Police troopers will help patrol the New Orleans area after recent violent crimes, according to an LSP spokesperson.

Capt. Doug Cain said Governor Bobby Jindal approved the additional troopers Thursday afternoon. Cain said they will be used to help patrol the French Quarter and the 8th District through the July Fourth weekend and Essence Fest, and will stay to help in whatever way they're needed through labor Day.

The announcement comes after a shooting that killed one person and injured nine more on Bourbon Street. No arrests have been made in the investigation, and Mayor Mitch Landrieu called on the state and federal government to help with security in the Crescent City after the incident.

On Thursday Landrieu's office released infared photos of two new persons of interest wanted for questioning in the case. A spokesperson said the men were not suspects, but they may have information which may assist detectives in this investigation.

NOPD arrested another person of interest in the case, 20-year-old Justin Odom, on charges unrelated to the shooting. He was released from jail Thursday morning. Investigators said they're also looking to question an associate of Odom's named "Josh" or "Joe."

Brittany Thomas, 21, of Hammond died in the shooting. The other shooting victims were all listed in stable condition or had already been released from the hospital.

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