A suspect was questioned but not arrested in connection with a double shooting near Interstate 610 early Sunday that left a 7-year-old boy wounded, a police commander said.
Third District Cmdr. Jeff Walls said investigators are waiting on the results of tests on unspecified evidence before making any arrests in connection with the shooting, which happened about 5 a.m. at a house in the 3400 block of New Orleans Street.
The boy is in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery from a wound to his stomach, according to Walls. The other victim in the shooting, his 22-year-old cousin, has already been released from the hospital after treatment for a gunshot wound to her foot.
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Residents at the house told police they were asleep when they heard a loud noise outside. When they looked outside they saw an unknown man on their porch and began screaming, according to an initial report. At that point the man began firing into the house and wounded both victims, the victims told police.
Several people were inside the house including the 7-year-old boy’s mother, Walls said.
Walls said that evidence will either incriminate or exonerate the person questioned after the shooting Sunday, who has not been named. He declined to describe the nature of the evidence, or what the suspect told police during questioning.
Police have sent the evidence to the Louisiana State Police Crime Laboratory. Walls expects to have more information in about a week.
“I wish I could tell you more, but I can’t do it without jeopardizing the case,” Walls said.
Meanwhile, police also released surveillance video of the perpetrator taken before and during the shooting. Third District Detectives asked anyone with more information to call them at (504) 658-6030.