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NOPD arrests suspect in Gentilly shooting near Walmart

Gregory Woods was arrested for second-degree murder by the NOPD.

NEW ORLEANS — The NOPD announced the arrest of a suspect in the Tuesday shooting in Gentilly that resulted in a Walmart being locked down for a couple of hours.

NOPD Homicide Division Capt. Kevin Burns said that NOPD detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Gregory Woods for second-degree murder and were able to apprehend him without incident in New Orleans East on Wednesday afternoon.

Woods is suspected of killing a man near a bus shelter next to the Gentilly Walmart off of Chef Menteur Highway on Tuesday. 

Police said that he ran into a nearby Walmart after the man was killed, which resulted in the store being locked down. The suspect eventually escaped from the Walmart.

Burns said that the NOPD promised the victim's family they would find the killer.

"We promised them we would do our best to find who killed their family member," Burns said. "That leads us to today, where we have an apprehension. We're pleased we found justice in the swiftest way possible."

Burns also thanked Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office for providing air support during the investigation.

Burns said he did not have any information on a possible motive. 

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