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Man questioned in New Orleans shooting

By Kevin McGill

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A man identified by Louisiana police as a "person of interest" in connection with a weekend shooting in New Orleans turned himself in to police Wednesday and was jailed on unrelated charges.

Nola.com http://bit.ly/1rlMt51 and WVUE TV http://bit.ly/TEhOkL reported that 20-year-old Justin Odom was booked into the Jefferson Parish jail on shoplifting and traffic-related charges.

Odom had an attorney with him as he was interviewed by homicide detectives, Nola.com quoted Tyler Gamble, a spokesman for Mayor Mitch Landrieu, as saying.

The news media outlets quoted police officials as saying that Odom was not booked on any charges related to the shooting, which happened early Sunday on New Orleans' tourist-clogged Bourbon Street.

Odom turned himself in hours after police announced they were looking for him and that one of the shooting victims, a 21-year-old woman, had died. Nine other people were shot, but were expected to survive.

Earlier Wednesday, Louisiana State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson asked for a moment of silence after announcing the death of the woman, from Hammond. A spokesman for the Orleans Parish Coroner's Office later Wednesday confirmed the woman had died but did not release her name.

In addition to Odom, police said they were looking for one of his associates named Josh or Joe, also described as a person of interest.

Edmonson spoke at a news conference to discuss Landrieu's request for a permanent contingent of troopers to help with law enforcement in New Orleans.

Edmonson said state police doesn't have the manpower to put a permanent contingent of 100 troopers in New Orleans. However, he said he is looking at redeploying the approximately 45 people already assigned to New Orleans as the city comes to grips with Sunday's deadly shooting in the French Quarter.

Landrieu had asked for the extra police presence to help the city's police force following the early Sunday shooting. Ten people, most of them visitors to the city, were hit.

Three of the shooting victims were reported in stable condition Wednesday: a 35-year-old man from Mississippi, a 19-year-old Arkansas woman, and an 18-year-old New Orleans man.

LSU Interim Hospital spokeswoman Siona LaFrance said Wednesday that a 21-year-old Australian woman was released from the hospital.

Other victims, not hospitalized, included two New Orleans-area men; a teenage girl and a woman from Alabama; and a Florida man.

The Australian woman, identified by The West Australian (http://yhoo.it/1mRHNBd) as Amy Williams, of Mount Hawthorn, a suburb of Perth in Western Australia, did not immediately respond Wednesday to messages sent via her Facebook page or "Repair Amy's smile," a Facebook page created to raise money to reconstruct her teeth.

She told the newspaper that all or part of a bullet went in through her right cheek and out through her top lip, knocking out most of her teeth, burning her gums and requiring 30 stitches in her tongue and a metal support for the roof of her mouth.

The shootings happened at about 2:45 a.m. Sunday, as tourists walked the historic street of century-old, neon-bedecked buildings, housing bars, restaurants, shops and strip clubs in the heart of the city's oldest neighborhood.

Police Chief Ronal Serpas has said that nine officers - four on foot and five on horseback - were assigned to Bourbon Street at that time and officers arrived within seconds.

Even so, Serpas and Landrieu both said they would like to see the city police force, now around 1,200 after years of attrition, beefed up to around 1,600.

Serpas said overtime and people from other parts of the department will put 500 extra officers on duty in key spots as thousands of visitors hit town for the annual Essence Festival, which begins Thursday.

State police also will be helping with Essence security.

Edmonson spoke to reporters before briefing a temporary contingent of 30 troopers brought in for the annual festival, which draws thousands of tourists during the Independence Day weekend.

State police often supplement city police with extra troopers during special events such as Mardi Gras or Super Bowls. Edmonson said the state doesn't usually bring in extra troopers during Essence, but the decision was made to do so after Sunday's shooting.

As for Landrieu's request for a 100-person permanent contingent, Edmonson said he has to keep other areas of the state in mind. "I'd have to take them from somewhere else," he said.

Bourbon Street Shooting Leaves Several Injured

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Dude July 03 2014 at 12:33 AM

Since it's illegal to carry a gun into an alcohol serving establishment in New Orleans, the shooters, who were obviously there to go to bars like everybody else, were not law-abiding citizens legally carrying guns. So, they aren't NRA members, not supporters of the 2nd Amendment, and since they were already breaking laws, another gun law would not have prevented this shooting spree. News flash; Criminals carry guns everywhere and aren't going to change their ways.

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elobel1044 July 02 2014 at 8:54 PM

This shooting can be blamed on bobby jindal who thinks mixing guns and alcohol is perfectly fine!

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sailorant7 July 02 2014 at 11:20 PM

I used to live in NOLA. I remember when Bourbon Street was segregated, the only blacks(upper case not required) that were allowed in the Quarters were the musicians and the blacks who worked there, all other blacks had to be out of there at a certain time of night, (can't remember the exact time). Safe, you bet, this was in the early 60s. Everything a black touches turns to S**t. 85 IQ, shouldn't be allowed to live with civilized people.

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subsara26 sailorant7 July 03 2014 at 12:03 AM

Sorry to burst your wetdream but at least one of them was white.

and we're thanking god that you "USED" to livee there and don't now

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jdsept sailorant7 July 03 2014 at 9:32 AM

Then why are YOU living with us civilized people? Those praising segregation, KKK and such have IQs about 70. Live with it, they can go to same schools, eat at the lunch counter, ride in the front of the bus and even grow up to be President. And for the ignorant like yourself, NOLAs murder rate is dropping like a stone. http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2014/01/2013_new_orleans_murder_rate_d.html

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ranger197172 July 02 2014 at 11:46 PM

NO is and always has been a cesspool of criminals. Too bad Katrina didn't wash it all into the ocean.

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subsara26 ranger197172 July 03 2014 at 12:03 AM

Here's a thought.... don't go there. See how easy that was?

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steblawar July 02 2014 at 9:37 PM

Okay ... a woman dies, and no suspect arrested -- so the picture at the top of the article is of who?

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Chickiepoo steblawar July 02 2014 at 9:50 PM

FOR: "steblawar".....

That picture would be 'Justin Odom'.....the
"person of interest" that they are looking for.

(google image search by name).....

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rohrscheibcroh steblawar July 03 2014 at 11:22 AM

correct an sadly Australian that's 2 in one year what will they think

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BRUCE July 03 2014 at 7:09 AM

This is the end result of a country gone wild and out of control with firearms. Our children follow in our example and they are being shown that you deal with life's problems with a gun and everone must have one. It's no longer coming...it's to late to stop it.

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welcome eric BRUCE July 03 2014 at 9:31 AM

It's the people who have gone wild, not the firearms. A firearm is simply an inanimate object that requires human input to function. When literally thousands of laws already exist in the US regulating firearms, only the misinformed lemming believes that more of the same is going to enact change.

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rohrscheibcroh BRUCE July 03 2014 at 11:26 AM

wrong you don't even know the story of what happen here .2 your thoughts are way off . no one can control something.like this gun laws are not . my nephew was murdered an I blame the person not the gun used . there will always be some one hiding them

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mtcorp1 July 03 2014 at 11:05 AM

I once lived in NO just a half a block off Bourbon St. part time. I loved the French Quarter. I never had a problem, of course that was 1995 to 2005.

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elobel1044 July 03 2014 at 12:11 PM

Don't forgedt it was bobby jindal who allowed this to happen by creating a law that allows open carry where alcohol is served.

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