One man was killed while nine other men and women suffered various gunshot wounds when gunfire broke out early Sunday on Bourbon Street.
25-year-old Demontris Toliver, a tattoo artist at Effum Underground, died in Sunday’s shooting. He was shot in the chest and in the shoulder, a spokesperson for the New Orleans Police Department said.
A coworker at Effum Underground, said Toliver traveled to New Orleans with his fiancé to enjoy the Bayou Classic festivities. Within five minutes of arriving on Bourbon Street, gun shots broke out and unfortunately Toliver was caught in the crossfire trying to save his fiancé.
Coworkers also said Toliver just finished apprenticing to become a tattoo artist. Effum Underground owner said Toliver was an artist,“and would channel his own reality of how he wanted the world to look into his art.”
Effum Underground said they plan to do some type of art benefit to help raise money for his funeral.
New Orleans police Superintendent Michael Harrison said during a news conference Sunday afternoon that seven other men and two women were shot. The victims range in age from 20 to 37 and are from cities in south Louisiana and in Mississippi.
One woman, from Scott, Louisiana, was shot in the wrist, shoulder and chest, officials said. Investigators said a man from Baton Rouge was shot in the chest and hand.
Harrison said five of the surviving victims were released from hospitals while four others are still being treated. One of the victims was arrested on unrelated gun charges. None of the victims are considered suspects in the Bourbon Street shooting.
Investigators believe two men are responsible for Sunday’s shooting, which coincided with the annual Bayou Classic football game. Thousands of locals and tourists were in the Central Business District and the French Quarter when shots rang out.
Harrison said detectives believe the gunmen are from outside of New Orleans. Both are still at large, but descriptions of the culprits have not been released. He said the shooting stems from an argument between the two men who fled the area afterward. None of the people who were shot are the intended targets.
More than 40 officers were in the area when the gunfire broke out. Harrison said his police officers responded immediately, helping to disperse the crowd and provide assistance to the victims.
Detectives have spoken to victims and witnesses as the investigation continues. Harrison said the victims have been cooperative in helping officers gather information.
“We’re going to pursue these individuals very, very aggressively,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu said. “Totally unacceptable. The violence continues to spin out of control with people brandishing weapons whenever they think they can. It’s really unfortunate.”
Anyone with information that could help police is asked to call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.
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