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Out of fear of a wrong way driver was about to hit a group of tourists in New Orleans, the police fired on the suspect Thursday night, allegedly striking him once in the abdomen.
Video of the scene along the city’s famous Bourbon Street shows the suspect, alert, and being carried away in the back of an ambulance. He doesn’t seem to be fascinated by it. The unknown suspect is not complying with the police attempts to stop the vehicle, according to reports.
Monroe Dillion with the Louisiana State Police told reporters at the scene that “subject” was shot by police officers in the 200 block of Bourbon Street around 7 a.m. after witnesses reported that the man driving erratically along the tourist-filled street.
“He was for riding on the sidewalk, he was not listening,” a witness told FOX 8 of New Orleans. “He was like crazy and about the time that he was at the end of the street, there was a large crowd gathered at the end ready to come this way and I immediately thought that he was going to hit some people.
“He was like crazy … I immediately thought that he was going to hit some people.”
— Witness on Bourbon Street
NEW ORLEANS AND BOURBON STREET SHOOTING LEAVES 1 DEAD, 2 WOUNDED
“When we heard the pop of the gun and the window shattered and we saw that the officer was actually made to stop this man.”
The researchers look at a Kia Forte with a broken driver’s window, after a Louisiana state trooper shot the driver of the car in the tourist-filled Bourbon Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans, on Thursday 30 May 2019. (Associated Press)
The police released a statement to give troopers to help close the lanes in the French Quarter and saw a car in the direction of a group of drivers after making an illegal move.
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No one else was injured in Thursday night’s shooting. The driver was in stable condition in the hospital where he was treated for his wounds, New Orleans Emergency Medical services spokesman Jonathan Fourcade said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.