Baton Rouge tattoo artist killed in Bourbon St. mass shooting
NEW ORLEANS - A Baton Rouge man is dead and nine others were injured after gunfire erupted on Bourbon Street Sunday morning.
The shooting happened just before 1:30 a.m. Sunday in the 100 block of Bourbon Street near Iberville Street, a block off Canal Street. According to New Orleans Police, eight men and two women were shot. Their ages range from 20 to 37-years old. Police identified the lone fatality as 25-year-old Demontris Toliver, a tattoo artist at Effum Underground's on Florida Blvd.
New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison said the shooting stemmed from an argument between two men that do not live in New Orleans. Harrison described the two suspects as young African American males.
Anyone with information about the suspects' identities are asked to contact New Orleasn Police or Crimestoppers.
Harrison said five victims have been released from the hospital. The other four victims are still being treated for the injuries but are expected to make a full recovery. As of Monday afternoon, one of the victims, a 21-year-old from Lafayette, has been discharged after being treated for being shot in the hip. Three others remain in the hospital, according to NOPD.
Toliver's friends told The New Orleans Advocate that he was in town to celebrate the Bayou Classic football game between Southern University and Grambling State University.
Police say two people, including 19-year-old Shelvin Gray of Baton Rouge, were arrested for charges unrelated to the shooting. According to the New Orleans Advocate, Gray was arrested for illegally carrying a weapon. Police have not identified the second person arrested.
Frustrated city officials denounced the violence and said there were as many as thirty police and EMS in the area when the shooting happened.
"This is unacceptable, especially on a night like this," Mayor Mitch Landrieu said. "It's a tragic end to what was otherwise a beautiful weekend."
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