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1 dead, 1 hurt in New Orleans hotel shooting

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A 20-year-old man shot and seriously wounded a friend Sunday, then killed himself in a hotel at the edge of the French Quarter after a three-hour standoff with police, authorities said. The shootings took place Sunday morning in a 17th-floor room at The Westin on Canal Street, where four friends from the Lafayette area were staying together for the weekend, Officer Frank Robertson III said in a news release. Three of them came in from partying in the Quarter, waking the fourth about 5 a.m., Robertson said. He said the man returned to sleep only to be awakened by the plea, "Put the gun down." The 20-year-old, looking "dazed and confused under the influence of some unknown substance," was pointing a gun at their 24-year-old friend, Robertson said. The older man kept asking his friend to put the gun down, Robertson said, but about 6:30 a.m., the 20-year-old man shot him in the chest. The other two ran for help, hearing a second shot as they fled. When hotel staff let police into the room, the 20-year-old pointed a gun at them, Robertson said. The officers backed out and called a SWAT team. After about three hours of negotiations, the 20-year-old man apparently shot himself and the SWAT team stormed in. He was pronounced dead about 9:55 a.m. Rescue workers rushed the 24-year-old to a hospital where he was in stable condition Sunday evening. Police have not identified the men. Lafayette is about 125 miles west of New Orleans.

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