Ostensibly, in America.
New Orleans to be exact.
Five black men.
THERE WAS A FIREFIGHT!!!
More than 50 rounds fired...
|Some of the participants in the Tuesday afternoon firefight in New Orleans, where more than 50 rounds were fired (and only one person injured)...|
Police couldn't establish a motive for this encounter, where only one person was injured...
All on your typical Tuesday afternoon in a city where the black population works overtime to keep the police constantly busy. [Nearly 50 rounds fired during Mid-City shootout Tuesday; 5 men arrested following police chase, New Orleans Times-Picayune,12-17-14]:
Nearly 50 rounds were fired during a Mid-City shootout Tuesday afternoon and five men arrested in connection to the shooting now face high bonds and a slew of felony charges.
Quincy Jynes, 27; Clarence Singleton, 29; Riginald McCoy, 18; Darius Green, 27; and August LeBlanc, 27 are facing charges including aggravated battery, simple escape and aggravated assault, among others, records show.
The mid-day melee prompted an hours-long manhunt where police officers cordoned off wide swaths of blocks surrounding Canal Street, causing lengthy delays for drivers in the area. Police said seven cars were struck by gunfire during the shootout.
Officers working at an NOPD substation in the 3000 block of Tulane Avenue caught wind of the shooting within minutes after hearing gunfire and seeing several men flee the area.
According to an arrest warrant filed in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court, about 3 p.m. NOPD Sgt. Dan Anderson saw several men running away from the scene of a shooting in the 3200 block of Tulane Avenue.
A man seated inside a white, bullet-riddled four-door sedan was injured in the shooting and rushed to an area hospital for treatment.
Police units in the area initiated a chase after which the suspects bailed out of their car and attempted to flee on foot.
Three of the five men believed to be involved in the shooting were arrested shortly after the gunfire, within blocks of the incident.
The NOPD said an Orleans Parish Sheriff's deputy who was on the scene saw Green try to flee across Tulane Avenue while tossing a gun he was carrying. Another man, identified as Singleton, was seen running about one block away, near the intersection of Jefferson Davis Parkway and Tulane Avenue. Police said Singleton was seen on surveillance camera tossing a weapon to the ground while attempting to flee. Both Green and Singleton were arrested on the scene.
Meanwhile, police had shut down Canal Street in both directions at Telemachus Street and a search perimeter was established between Canal and Iberville streets and between Telemachus and South Cortez streets. Leblanc, who police said was one of two men seen fleeing a gold SUV while carrying a gun, was discovered trying to exit the perimeter after discarding a sweatshirt. He was arrested on the scene.
Officers searching for the remaining two men were then tipped off that a man who matched the description of one of the suspects was at a home in the 3700 block of Iberville Street.
There, police said, workers outside the house told officers that a man dressed all in black had just walked inside and tossed clothes over the fence. McCoy was found inside the home and arrested, police said, adding that two guns, a black face mask, and a discarded hooded sweatshirt were found near the back of the home.
Lastly, Jynes, who police say was the driver of the gold SUV, was apprehended inside the perimeter. En route to the police station, Jynes escaped out of the back of the police car but was caught a short while later, a couple of blocks from the 1st District police station, the report said.
Records show the men were charged as follows:
Quincy Jynes: One count each of resisting an officer, simple escape, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, illegal use of a weapon, possession of a firearm by a felon, and aggravated flight from an officer. Bond was set at $450,000.
Clarence Singleton: One count of aggravated battery, two counts of aggravated assault and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon. Bond was set at $450,000.\
Riginald McCoy: One count of aggravated battery, one count of resisting an officer, two counts of aggravated assault and one count of illegally carrying weapons. Bond was set at $425,000.
Darius Green: Four counts of aggravated assault, one count of illegally using a weapon and one count of illegally carrying a weapon. Bond was set at $450,000.
August Leblanc: Two counts of aggravated assault, one count of aggravated battery, one count of resisting an officer and one count of illegally carrying weapons. Bond was set at $458,000.
The victim of the shooting, Melvin Hayes, reportedly exchanged gunfire with members of the group, but police records do not indicate who fired the responding shots. Hayes was cited for a probation violation but not booked on additional charges as of this date.
Police have not cited any motive for the shootout.More than 50 rounds fired, with only one person injured.
We call this a Tuesday afternoon in New Orleans...