New Orleans East man booked in Canal Street “shootout” _lowres

Michael King

A New Orleans East man was booked Saturday in connection with what police described as a “shootout” near the Saenger Theater that left one man wounded in both legs.

Michael King, 23, was shirtless and packing outside the theater near the corner of Canal and Crozat streets around 1:30 a.m. on April 10, police allege.

Police allege King fired a handgun from the rear bed of a truck “at an unknown subject in a crowd of innocent pedestrians.” Police said a 37-year-old man, who also hails from New Orleans East, was wounded in both legs but quickly released from University Medical Center.

After the shooting, police said, they recovered a spent 9mm shell casing from the truck bed, and several more next to the vehicle. Police said they then obtained video of the shooting and tracked down King’s girlfriend, who was the owner of another vehicle on the scene of the shooting.

Police said that “using a photograph which was taken by a witness that night,” the girlfriend identified King as the shirtless man on the scene. It is not clear from a warrant whether she knew police were attempting to identify a gunman.

A judge set bond for King at $90,000 on counts of aggravated battery, negligent injuring and possession of a firearm by a felon. He is being represented by the Orleans Parish Defenders and remained in custody on Tuesday.