The Christmas spirit seemed to have taken a holiday Saturday night in New Orleans as four shooting incidents between 8:30 p.m. Saturday and 3:30 a.m. Sunday left five men suffering from gunshot wounds.
First, police were called to Middleboro Road and Yorktown Drive, in New Orleans East, about 8:30 p.m. The victim there said he was standing outside when he saw a man wearing a dark hoodie and holding a black handgun, police said.
The 19-year-old man said he then heard four to five gunshots and fled to his house, where he noticed he had been shot. A friend drove him to a hospital, where he was treated.
Just before 11 p.m., officers responded to reports of a shooting in the 5700 block of Crowder Boulevard, also in New Orleans East. The 20-year-old victim, who was in the passenger seat of a vehicle, was shot during an argument with an unknown man at a gas station.
Police at one point reported the victim had died but later retracted that, saying he remained on a ventilator at a hospital.
Next, about 2:40 a.m., officers called to the 1500 block of South Liberty Street, in Central City, found a 29-year-old man inside a residence suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.
He was hospitalized in stable condition, the Police Department said in a news release.
Finally, an altercation in the Treme neighborhood led to the shooting of two men, one of whom suffered multiple wounds, police said. The gunfire broke out just before 3:30 a.m. in the 1800 block of St. Ann Street, according to an NOPD news release.
The victim with multiple wounds, a 35-year-old man, was transported to a hospital by Emergency Medical Services. The second victim, a 37-year-old man, drove himself to a hospital.
No other information was immediately available.
No further shootings were reported as of mid-afternoon Sunday.