At least one man was killed and two others were wounded during a rolling shootout between people in two cars Tuesday afternoon in Algiers, according to the New Orleans Police Department.
The carnage began about 2:50 p.m., when people in each car fired at each other while the vehicles headed west on General Meyer Avenue, NOPD spokesman Gary Scheets said. The driver of one of the cars pushed a passenger out of the vehicle at the corner of Flanders Street, when a second passenger in that vehicle stepped out and ran away, Scheets said.
The driver of that vehicle then continued west on General Meyer for a couple of blocks before crashing into a car at the corner of Odeon Avenue which was not involved in the shootout, according to Scheets.
First responders arrived and took the driver of the vehicle which crashed as well as the passenger that was pushed out of that vehicle to the hospital for treatment of bullet wounds. One of those victims was pronounced dead shortly after arrival, and the other underwent surgery, Scheets said.
Jonathan Fourcade of New Orleans Emergency Medical Services said the victim who underwent surgery was critically wounded.
The third victim, who bailed from the car at Flanders and ran, later arrived at a hospital seeking treatment for a gunshot wound to the foot.
Those in the second car at the center of the shootout fled the scene, Scheets said. Investigators did not release information on any suspects or a possible motive behind the bloodshed.
Anyone with information can call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111. Tipsters may be eligible for a cash reward.