Posted: Jul 4, 2014 4:09 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Jul 4, 2014 5:20 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Police identified a 20-year-old Belle Chasse man as the man they believe fired the first shot in a gunfight last weekend on Bourbon Street, and said he was taken into custody in Mississippi.
NOPD said 20-year-old Trung T. Le, also known as "Joe", was arrested in Mississippi around 4:45 p.m., not long after police in New Orleans released his name and picture.
Investigators said Friday they believe Le and at least one other person exchanged gunfire on June 29. Nine people were injured and a tenth person, Brittany Thomas of Hammond, died a few days later.
NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas said at the time that they would also come down on anyone who sheltered Trung Le.
"Now that Trung T. Le is publicly known to be wanted for this vicious crime, let me be perfectly clear. Any individual who harbors, conceals, or gives Trung T. Le assistance will be charged with being an Accessory After the Fact and potentially Obstruction of Justice. We know who Trung T. Le's associates are. This is not a hollow statement. We have routinely charged individuals who give aid or assistance to fugitives and we will continue to do so," he said.
Serpas said the NOPD was also thankful to local, state and regional law enforcement agencies that have assisted them, as well as the public for providing numerous tips.
The NOPD's presence was stepped up today in the French Quarter for the Fourth of July holiday and the start of the Essence Fest music festival. State Police announced Thursday that 50 troopers would be transferred to New Orleans to assist NOPD with any additional law enforcement duties through Labor Day.
Investigators said they're still looking for the additional people involved in last weekend's shooting. Any tips, pictures or video from the incident can be sent to NOPDTIPS@nola.gov.