NEW ORLEANS — A man was shot and killed near a corner that houses several popular Uptown bars Friday morning, New Orleans Police Department officials said. 

Around 1:50 a.m., Tulane police officers patrolling the Carrollton neighborhood heard several shots fired around Burthe and Hillary streets, a block from a stretch of Maple Street bars and restaurants frequented by Tulane and Loyola students. 

The officers responded to the area and found 20-year-old Lee Long with a gunshot wound to the chest inside a pickup truck. He was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after New Orleans police arrived, initial NOPD reports show. 

A homicide investigation was opened. According to Tulane police officials, the victim told officers he was shot by a group of men who ran from the scene toward Maple Street. 

Tulane officials sent an email to students following the shooting and said the victim was not affiliated with their university. 

No further details were immediately available, including a possible motive for the killing.

The incident follows separate shootings that left two people injured in the city Thursday, including a man who was shot in the neck early in New Orleans East. 

SEE: Man shot in the neck in New Orleans, police investigating

It is the ninth murder under investigation in New Orleans this year, putting the rate at nearly one killing per day in 2020 so far. In 2019, the city saw its lowest annual murder total since the early 1970s, at 119. 

Police officials encourage anyone with information to call homicide detectives at 504-658-5300 or tip Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.   

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