A 49-year-old man was shot in the leg in Mid-City on Wednesday night during a botched robbery, according to the New Orleans Police Department.
Police said the victim was approached from behind by someone demanding his belongings near the Interstate 10 East underpass on South Carrollton Avenue about 9:20 p.m. The victim turned over what he had but didn't have any money, and the robber shot the victim in the right leg and fled toward Tulane Avenue, police said.
Paramedics took the wounded man to a local hospital for treatment, police said.
In other matters recently handled by local authorities:
• Two tugboats collided on the Mississippi River near Westwego on Wednesday evening, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
Officials shut five miles of the river down following the 8:25 p.m. crash but later reopened it. No one was physically injured in the accident.
Coast Guard Petty Officer Brandon Giles said the DNR Bovine and the Mississippi Dixie were pushing a total of 14 barges when the accident occurred. One of the barges had diesel, but there were no reports of pollution in the water stemming from the wreck, Giles said.
Giles said officials were investigating the possibility that one of the tugboats lost steering shortly before the crash. But the cause of the accident remained under investigation.
All of the barges were recovered, Giles said.
• A man in his mid-50s entered a Hancock Whitney Bank in the 2400 block of St. Claude Avenue in St. Roch and gave a teller a note implying he had a weapon about 9:20 a.m. Wednesday, New Orleans police said. The teller gave the robber — who was wearing a cap and sunglasses — an unspecified amount of money, and he fled, police said. No one was physically injured during the incident.
Investigators released a surveillance camera image of a suspect in the case. Anyone with information can call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111. Tipsters may be eligible for a $7,500 reward.
• About 2:40 p.m. Wednesday in the 1200 block of Crete Street in the Bayou St. John neighborhood, New Orleans police said they received a report that an 8-year-old girl had been raped by someone she knew.
• New Orleans police on Thursday released surveillance camera images of a man who they said is suspected of a knifepoint robbery in the 400 block of Dauphine Street in the French Quarter about 2:25 a.m. Feb. 8.
• An Orleans Parish grand jury on Thursday filed a murder charge against a man who is accused of 2016 killings in the 7th Ward and Mississippi.
Drew “Creep” Bourgeois, of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, faces counts of second-degree murder and obstruction of justice in the slaying of Matthew “Twig” Spooner.
Bourgeois, 30, is also charged with the killing of Jeremy Fountain, who was found in Waveland, Mississippi.
Both Spooner, 35, and Fountain were shot in the head and may have been killed on the same day, said Ken Daley, a spokesman for Leon Cannizzaro’s office. Spooner’s body was found July 6, 2016, inside the kitchen of his home in the 2000 block of North Miro Street. Fountain’s body was discovered in the woods of a park in Waveland.
Bourgeois is at the Wynn Correctional Center serving a 10-year sentence for illegal possession of a firearm by a felon. That stems from his July 14, 2016, arrest at an Old Jefferson hotel room where he had holed up with his girlfriend, drugs and a gun, Daley said.
Bourgeois would spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted of murdering Spooner.
Staff writer Ramon Antonio Vargas compiled this report.