A 26-year-old woman was found shot to death Wednesday on a 7th Ward street, New Orleans police said.

The shooting happened about 3:30 a.m. in the 1500 block of Columbus Street.

Officers on patrol in the area head gunfire and found the victim in the street after a brief search, said Officer Garry Flot, a Police Department spokesman.

The victim, whose name was being withheld pending notification of family, was dead on the scene.

Police did not immediately identify a suspect or motive.

Homicide Detective Nicholas Williams is in charge of the investigation.