NEW ORLEANS - Police have arrested a suspect in the shooting on Bourbon Street that left one person dead and nine injured.
20-year-old Trung T. Le (also known as “Joe”) was identified Friday as a suspect in the shooting. NOPD Chief Ronal Serpas announced that Le was taken into custody around 4:45 p.m. in Mississippi by members of the NOPD's Violent Offender Warrant Squad and U.S. Marshals.
Serpas said Le would be extradited in the next few days. Serpas also said the two men who were considered as 'persons of interest' on Thursday, have been ruled out as suspects.
During the incident last Sunday, police believe at least two suspects exchanged gunfire, wounding bystanders in the crowd, before fleeing the scene. Police believe Trung T. Le fired the first shot. Police are still trying to get information on the person who exchanged gunfire with Le.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu thanked the police and the public as well as the other agencies involved in aiding in Le's arrest.
"We owe it to the families who have been decimated by this horrific event, we owe it to the community," he said. "We will not stop until everybody who was involved in this is brought to justice.
Trung Le is an Asian male from Belle Chasse, Louisiana. His birthdate is August 10, 1993.
Early Friday morning, the NOPD obtained an arrest warrant for Trung T. Le for one count of first-degree murder in the death of Brittany Thomas, and nine counts of attempted first-degree murder. NOPD Homicide Detectives, Warrant Unit, members of the US Marshall’s Task Force and Deputies of the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office West Bank Violent Crime Task Force have assisted the NOPD in searching for Trung Le.
Detectives are requesting for the public’s assistance in obtaining any photos or videos taken of the incident or any photos or videos taken from the French Quarter on the night of the incident to be sent to NOPDTIPS@nola.gov