CRIME

Bourbon Street Shooting Suspect Arrested

07/04/2014 10:00 pm ET | Updated Sep 04, 2014
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(Updates with arrest)

July 4 (Reuters) - Police on Friday arrested a suspect in a shooting last weekend in New Orleans' popular French Quarter in which a woman was killed and nine people were wounded, police said.

Trung Le, 20, known as "Joe," was arrested in Mississippi in connection with the death of Brittany Thomas, 21, of Hammond, Louisiana, who died of gunshot wounds on Wednesday, New Orleans Police Department said on its Facebook page.

The Bourbon street violence began in the early hours of June 29 as a verbal dispute between two men, police said, and both then opened fire.

Le, of nearby Belle Chasse, Louisiana, is believed to have fired the first shot, police said.

The victims ranged in age from 19 to 39, police said.

Bourbon Street runs through the heart of New Orleans' oldest neighborhood, the French Quarter, a prime tourist destination lined with bars, restaurants, clubs and souvenir shops.

On Thursday, authorities freed a 20-year-old man after questioning him about the shooting.

Justin Odom had turned himself in to police hours after being named as a person of interest in the shootings, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office said. His possible involvement is still being investigated, police said. (Reporting by Kevin Murphy in Kansas City; Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst and Mohammad Zargham)

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