National Headline News

News > Latest News > National Headline News > 1 dead, 1 hurt in New Orleans hotel shooting

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.

National Headline News

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino closed its doors early Tuesday, the fourth Atlantic City...
DANVILLE, Va. (AP) — Starting next month, America's remaining tobacco growers will be totally exposed to the laws...
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The offender-rehabilitation program former Baltimore Raven Ray Rice was allowed into after...
NEW CITY, N.Y. (AP) — The criminal case stemming from a boat ride on the Hudson River that took the lives of a...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When young men from Minneapolis began traveling to Somalia seven years ago to join a terror...