New Orleans police said on Tuesday they arrested a man with the key to a stolen car used in a hail of gunfire in downtown that hospitalized two women.
The car was stolen Friday in an armed robbery in the 600 block of South Galvez Street. Within hours, police say, it was used in an attack that saw up to 80 shots fired from two rifles and a pistol inside and outside two pharmacies in block 4400 from South Claiborne Avenue, about 1 ½ miles away.
Officers said they were called in for the shooting at 8.58pm and discovered two women were in a vehicle when two men opened fire on them. The injured women were taken to hospital.
On Monday, police arrested 21-year-old Algernon Jacques. They said he had a key to the stolen car, narcotics and a gun, and after obtaining a warrant and searching his home they found two more guns.
Police incarcerated him at the Orleans Parish Justice Center for possession of stolen property, possession of narcotics, illegal carrying of a weapon, resisting an officer, obstruction of justice and possession of illegal drugs in an area drug free. His bail has not yet been set.
Gunmen fire 80 rounds at victims in vehicle on Napoleon and South Claiborne Avenues
The police department has revealed little about the shooting, including whether they suspect Jacques was involved. Anyone with information about the shooting can call 2nd Police District Detectives at (504) 658-6020.
Drew Broach and Ramon Vargas contributed to this report.