With one suspect in custody, NOPD looks for clues on 2nd gunman in Bourbon shooting

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Posted on July 4, 2014 at 9:54 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 4 at 10:08 PM

Tania Dall / Eyewitness News
Email: tdall@wwltv.com | Twitter: @taniadall

NEW ORLEANS - The hunt for a second gunman in last weekend's deadly Bourbon Street shooting continues even after the NOPD said one person was in custody facing criminal charges in the case.

In the meantime, security is being beefed up this holiday weekend and through the summer.

"I came for the All-Star, Mardi Gras, everything. Every time there's an event I've come and I've never had those issues," said Natasha Logan joining Essence Festival and Fourth of July revelers on Bourbon Street Friday night.

The tourist destination is also jam-packed with NOPD officers and Louisiana State Troopers keeping a watchful eye. It's part of an increase in law enforcement presence after last Sunday's deadly shooting.

Police say 20-year-old Trung Le was tracked down to Mississippi and arrested on Friday. The Belle Chasse man is one of two alleged shooters who, according to the NOPD, opened fire, hitting 10 people in the crowd most of them out-of-towners.

"I think it is something that's more of a national problem. Its not something that's limited to Bourbon Street," said Memphis resident John Townes.

The surveillance images of people running for their lives, didn't stop Townes from enjoying Independence Day in New Orleans.

"I've been down, 5 or 6 times and I feel very safe. Just focusing on that one incident I think is misleading," said Townes.

"This is not who we are as a people. These types of incidents won't be tolerated on the streets of New Orleans," said Mayor Mitch Landrieu during a news conference on Friday. He was joined by Superintendent Ronal Serpas and City Councilmember LaToya Cantrell outside the Municipal Auditorium at a police roll call.
   
The trio supported a group of 150 officers working 12-hour shifts, patrolling downtown this holiday weekend. At the mayor's request, Governor Bobby Jindal also approved 50 additional state troopers to help patrol the city through Labor Day.
   
As detectives work around the clock to try and track down this second gunman, one thing was visibly clear on Friday night, despite the shooting Bourbon Street continues to attract a crowd.

"I just feel comfortable because of the age. Mardi Gras is a little younger and the crowd is mixed. Here I feel safe. I'm not going to have any issues," said Logan.
 
The NOPD says Trung Le now faces one count of first-degree murder and nine counts of attempted first-degree murder.
   
Detectives are also asking anyone who captured video of the deadly shooting to please contact police. If you can help call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.

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