Two people were injured by gunfire and a Tulane University doctor went to the hospital with back injuries after a car crash following a midday shooting near an elementary school Monday.
The wild shootout happened at North Prieur and Conti streets during an afternoon rain shower.
New Orleans police said three men exchanged gunfire on the street, which faces the Success Preparatory Academy. One witness said she heard about 20 shots.
Police recovered an AK-47 that they believe was used in the shooting.
When police arrived at the scene, they saw one man running away and took him into custody, according to 1st District Cmdr. Otha Sandifer.
Two other men, meanwhile, were fleeing down Canal Street in an SUV, on their way to a hospital to get treatment for wounds suffered during the shooting. On the way, they crashed into a Tulane doctor’s car near Canal and Claiborne Avenue.
Police took both men into custody, Sandifer said.
The doctor, wearing a white medical coat, was taken by ambulance to a hospital with back injuries.
Police do not believe any additional suspects are at large, Sandifer said.
At Success Preparatory Academy, staff members had gathered for a meeting, but no children were present when the shooting started, Executive Director Niloy Gangopadhyay said.
One employee’s car was hit by gunfire.
“We’re very fortunate,” Gangopadhyay said. “Everybody was safe, in regards to our school population.”
Canal on the lake side of Claiborne was closed for a time as police conducted their investigation.