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Mike Perlstein / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS -- Bourbon Street shooting suspect Trung Le proclaimed his innocence at his initial appearance in New Orleans criminal court Wednesday.

Le's attorney, Martin Regan, said his client has an alibi that can prove 'he wasn't the shooter on Bourbon Street.'

'We believe he wasn't there. We believe there is evidence of an alibi nature,' Regan said after the brief court hearing.

Le, 20, remains held without bond on a charge of first-degree murder and nine counts of attempted murder. He was arrested in Mississippi six days after police say he was identified as a gunman in the June 29 shooting, an eruption of violence that took the life of 21-year-old nursing student Brittany Thomas of Hammond.

In court, Regan not only vouched for his client's innocence, he said he could have Le out of jail by this weekend if given a chance to prove it by obtaining surveillance videotapes that police say helped identify his client as a suspect.

But Regan was denied a request to use subpoenas to obtain the evidence from the shootings scene and nearby bars. Magistrate Judge Harry Cantrell ruled that his request was premature.

Regan said he is appealing Cantrell's ruling, saying he 'wants to keep the video from being erased.'

The shooting, which unfolded along one of the city's premiere tourist areas, prompted the city to bring in 50 Louisiana State Police troopers to boost an undermanned police department.

Police are still looking for a second gunman in the shooting. Crimestoppers, 822-1111, is offering up to a $5,000 reward for information in the case.

Le's next court appearance is scheduled for August 26.

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