A man was fatally shot in a car on a busy Metairie roadway Friday night by someone in another vehicle, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff Joe Lopinto said the victim was found dead from an apparent gunshot wound in a car that he wrecked about 10:45 p.m. in the 2600 block of Causeway Boulevard, which is close to the North Interstate 10 Service Road.
Lopinto said there had been some sort of dispute at apartments in the nearby Fat City neighborhood, which led the victim to get into his car and pursue someone in another vehicle.
Drawing from eyewitness accounts, Lopinto said a person in the other vehicle fired at least one bullet at the victim, striking him and causing him to crash his car into the pillar of the flyover connecting Causeway and I-10.
Other people were in the victim's vehicle at the time but were not injured, Lopinto said.
The victim’s identity wasn’t released, and Lopinto said there was no information immediately available about suspects.
An off-duty Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy pulled up to the victim’s car following the shooting and reported the slaying to the Jefferson Sheriff’s Office, said Blake Arcuri, the Orleans sheriff’s general counsel.
Citing information from his agency's employee, Arcuri said a pregnant woman who was in the slain man’s car at the time of the shooting had run up to the off-duty Orleans deputy screaming. She then led the deputy to the dead driver, Arcuri said.
Friday's bloodshed occurred three days after a deadly triple shooting in the Shrewsbury neighborhood of East Jefferson. The shooting at an apartment in the 2800 block of Clermont Street killed a 62-year-old man while wounding a 52-year-old man and a 55-year-old woman.
Anyone with information on either case was asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111. Tipsters may be eligible for a cash reward.