Three men died from wounds incurred in three separate shootings Saturday in metro New Orleans, according to local officials.
Fifth District officers received a report of a shooting around 12:11 a.m. Saturday on the 2400 block of A.P. Tureaud Avenue in the Seventh Ward, according to a press release from New Orleans Police Department. A man was found with gunshot wounds on the scene and was pronounced dead on the scene by EMS, NOPD says.
A second man was found with gunshot wounds and pronounced dead on the scene at 4520 S. I-10 Service Road, the address of Pair of Dice lounge in Metairie, early Saturday morning, according to Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joseph Lopinto. JPSO officers were called to the scene around 4:08 a.m. Saturday.
A third man died from apparent gunshot wounds Saturday afternoon in the 2200 block of North Galvez Street, according to a press release from NOPD. Initial reports show one male victim suffered a gunshot wound. Paramedics pronounced him dead on the scene.
This block of St. Roch, located between Marigny Street and Elysian Fields Avenue, has been a periodic hotspot for years. In 2014, a 35-year-old man was killed on a porch on the block. In 2013, a five-year-old Brandajah Smith shot herself dead in the head with a gun she found in the house while left there alone.
Several others have been injured by gunfire on the same block. In January, a man fighting with his girlfriend was shot there by his brother, who had tried to break up the fight. And last year, on two days in early May, three people were shot on the block.
The day after the second 2018 shooting, detectives from the New Orleans Police Department arrested five men on the block for parole violations and possession of firearms and narcotics. At the time, the NOPD suggested that the men were also linked to at least one of the May shootings.
Police have not yet identified a suspect or motive for the three apparent homicides.
The victims' name and official cause of death, will be released upon completion of the autopsy and notification of the victims' families. Additional information will be added to this post as it becomes available. Check back for updates.
Anyone with information can call Homicide Detective Bruce Brueggeman at 504-658-5300 or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 1-877-903-STOP.