HAMMOND, La. -- Friends and family are preparing to pay their respects to the student killed by violent gunfire on Bourbon Street. Twenty-one-year-old Brittany Thomas was an innocent bystander in the shoot out on June 29 that injured nine other people.
She died of her injuries days later.
Police have one man in custody and are searching for another suspect.
The Hammond community is preparing to say goodbye to the nursing student who lost her life in that violent gun battle. Visitation services will begin Friday evening for Thomas starting at 5 p.m. at the Wright and Calvey Funeral Home Chapel in Hammond. Her funeral service will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at the First True Love World Outreach Ministries in Ponchatoula. Thomas will be buried Saturday at the Holy Gardens Cemetery in Hammond.
The search for the second suspect continues in this case.
New Orleans police are scanning about 40 hours of video from a variety of sources after that shootout on Bourbon Street. Security footage shows two victims falling to the ground, struck by what appears to be stray bullets, altogether 10 people were shot.
Police have said Trung Le is believed to have fired the first shot in the gunfight. He was arrested last week in Gulfport, Miss. and has been fighting extradition, but, Gov. Bobby Jindal signed a governor’s warrant Friday starting the extradition proces.
Crimestoppers is now offering a $5,000 dollar reward for information leading to the arrest of a second shooting suspect.
Officials hope the reward increase will encourage those with information to come forward.
In the interim, 50 state police officers have been added to the NOPD force to help beef up security in heavily tourist areas.
If you can help police, call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.