Man sought in New Orleans’ Bourbon Street shootout surrenders to police

By Reuters
Thursday, July 3, 2014 14:10 EDT
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NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – A 20-year-old man surrendered to authorities seeking him in connection with a weekend shootout on New Orleans’ Bourbon Street in which one person died and nine were wounded, police said Thursday.

Justin Odom turned himself in to police in nearby Gretna hours after being announced as a person of interest in connection with the shootings on Wednesday, New Orleans police spokesman Officer Garry Flot said by email.

Odom was interviewed by New Orleans homicide detectives with his lawyer present before being arrested on outstanding traffic and shoplifting-related warrants, Flot said.

The arrest came soon after New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu identified the woman who died from her wounds on Wednesday as 21-year-old Brittany Thomas of Hammond, Louisiana.

“Our deepest thoughts and sympathies are with the family of Brittany Thomas,” Landrieu said in a statement. “This type of tragedy strikes at the heart of who we are as a people and as a city.”

A second person of interest, identified as an acquaintance of Odom named “Josh” or “Joe,” has not yet turned up, police said.

The incident began as a verbal dispute between two men who then both opened fire around 2:45 a.m. CDT on Sunday, police said.

The victims ranged in age from 19 to 39, police said.

Bourbon Street runs through the heart of New Orleans’ oldest neighborhood, the French Quarter, a prime tourist destination packed with bars, restaurants, clubs and souvenir shops.

(Reporting by Jonathan Kaminsky; editing by Gunna Dickson)

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