New Orleans police have obtained arrest warrants for 23-year-old Causey Mitchell and 27-year-old Terrell Chapman in connection with a midday shooting spree Monday. Both men are in a hospital recovering from gunshot wounds. Witnesses helped police identify them as the shooters.
About 12:35 p.m. Monday, officers on their way to investigate a report of shots fired in the 2000 block of Conti Street saw a gray Nissan SUV that was involved in a crash with a Nissan Camry at Canal Street and Claiborne Avenue.
An unidentified woman told police she was driving the pair to the hospital after the shooting when she rear-ended the Camry. The officers saw Mitchell running from the site of the crash with an assault rifle in his hand. He was apprehended a short time later without further incident. Chapman was found inside the SUV suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.
Both Mitchell and Chapman were transported to the hospital for treatment of their wounds.
The driver of the Camry, a Tulane University doctor, also was taken to the hospital after complaining of injuries he sustained in the crash.
The woman driver was not injured.
Initially, the woman driving the SUV also was believed to be a suspect, but she was later questioned by detectives and released. She is no longer considered a suspect.
Detectives said they learned that two other unknown people were involved in the shooting on Conti Street near Success Preparatory Academy. They remain at large.
Once Mitchell and Chapman are released from the hospital, police intend to book them on counts of attempted first-degree murder, being a felon in possession of a firearm, aggravated assault, illegal use of weapons and aggravated criminal damage to property.
The 1st District Investigative Unit is in charge of the investigation and can be reached at (504) 658-6010.
Anyone with information also may contact Crimestoppers anonymously at (504) 822-1111. A cash reward of up to $2,500 is available.