Man accused of shootout on Bourbon Street that wounded 5 has been arrested
Five people were injured in a shooting early Sunday morning at the intersection of Orleans St. and Bourbon St, in the heart of the French Quarter, on Aug. 1. The shooting was reported by police at around 3 a.m.
The search for a man accused of participating in a shootout that wounded five people on Bourbon Street Sunday weekend ended with his arrest on Tuesday, New Orleans police said.
Markez Jefferson, 22, was booked with five counts of attempted second-degree murder a day after investigators published a surveillance camera photo showing him near the scene of the quintuple shooting and asked for the public’s help to identify him.
Jefferson was allegedly arguing with another man when the two men began shooting at each other at the corner of Bourbon and Orleans Ave., about 2:05 a.m. Sunday. Five men were struck by bullets and taken to the hospital, including the man with whom Jefferson was fighting, police said. Jefferson was not struck and allegedly fled the scene. None of the wounded people had life-threatening injuries, police said.
A city crime camera at the corner of Bourbon and Orleans recorded the entire gun battle. From that footage, investigators circulated images of a man who appears to be Jefferson and asked the public to provide his name as well as turn him in. Jefferson was in jail at noon Tuesday. His bail was not immediately set.
Police have not said whether they have obtained a warrant to arrest the man with whom Jefferson allegedly exchanged gunfire. His name has not been released.