By: Kristen Hegel
On Halloween night in New Orleans, a real terror story took place. A string of four shootings occurred over the night, shocking many people who simply went out to celebrate the holiday.
Bourbon Street, a street popular for city-goers to show off their costumes on Halloween, was the first spot where shots were fired. According to police, two men began exchanging gunfire outside of the Chris Owens night club a little after midnight, wounding eight people. “We were all upstairs having a good time,” Rob Ratcher, who was inside the club at the time of the shooting, said. “It sounded like firecrackers.” One of the eight victims, 25-year-old Albert Glover, was fatally shot and died shortly after arriving to the hospital.
Authorities soon shut down the block and halted foot traffic on Bourbon and surrounding streets. “Apparently one or two people were shooting or shooting at each other for reasons unknown when eight people were struck by the gunfire,” New Orleans police stated. The motive for the shooting is unknown at this point. Authorities are still reviewing surveillance footage to see what started the gunfire.
New Orleans police responded to another shooting just two hours later, where four people had been shot. According to police, an argument erupted, leaving three people injured and 19-year-old Joshua Lewis dead. Shortly after the incident, Baltiman Malcom, 24 years old, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and three counts of attempted murder. “After a foot pursuit, Malcom and another suspect was detained. The third suspect managed to escape. Officers located a gun on the scene. Apparently an argument took place at which time the man was shot several times and died at the hospital,” the New Orleans Police Department released in a statement.
Two other incidents occurred, one around 4 a.m. where a man was shot in the leg, and the other around 5:30 a.m. where two people received gunshots to the head and neck area. Though no one was fatally shot in the last two shootings, the victims were critically injured.
Besides the four main shootings in downtown, other shootings in surrounding residential areas took place throughout the night. Authorities are still investigating and reviewing all the cases in order to make arrests and bring murderers and/or attempted murderers to justice.