NOPD releases pictures of man needed in Higher ninth Ward gun battle

An unidentified man, captured on surveillance video toting a gun, is wanted by police in connection with a Tuesday (Jan. 9) gun battle in the St. Claude area.

New Orleans police have reported no injuries due to the gunfire, which damaged several buildings and vehicles around the 1400 block of Congress Street, according to a Friday news release from the NOPD.

According to police, the man appeared in the 1400 block of Congress about 4 p.m., arriving in a dark-colored vehicle. He had loitered in the area “for a while” when a gun battle erupted between him and at least two other unidentified people.

Officers later found spent shell casings, along with the damage to buildings and vehicles, authorities said.

Friday afternoon, police released surveillance images of the man, who is suspected of illegal discharge of a weapon during a crime of violence.

Anyone with information on the identity or location of the suspect is asked to call NOPD’s 5th District detectives at 504-658-6050 or submit an anonymous tip to Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 1-877-903-STOP.

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