A triple shooting on an Algiers street Wednesday evening left one man dead, and a man and a 14-year-old girl wounded, according to the NOPD.
The drive-by shooting, which happened just before 7 p.m. at the intersection of Mardi Gras Boulevard and Copernicus Street, killed the 31-year-old driver of a Buick. His passengers, a 30-year-old man and a 14-year-old girl, were injured in the shooting, police said.
The victim's name is being withheld until his family members can be notified, police said.
All three victims were taken to the hospital, where the driver died. The 30-year-old passenger was shot several times and at 8:30 p.m. was in surgery in critical condition. A second passenger, a 14-year-old girl, suffered a gunshot wound to the leg and is in stable condition, police said.
Witnesses told police that a silver late-model vehicle drove up alongside the Buick and someone inside opened fire, then sped away.The Buick, riddled with bullet holes, crashed into a telephone pole in front of the old Crescent City Connection Toll Tags office causing the airbags to deploy. Traces of blood were visible on the car doors and airbags as a result of the victims' injuries. Police recovered over two-dozen bullet casings from the scene.
NOPD Homicide Detective Joe Jefferson is in charge of the investigation.