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Man wounded in Spain Street shooting: NOPD

A man was shot late Monday afternoon (July 17) in the 1600 block of Spain Street, New Orleans police said, as part of what one witness described as a rolling gun battle.

The victim was taken to a local hospital by private vehicle, police said.

Monday afternoon, police had cordoned off the intersection of Spain and North Derbigny streets as a handful of officers searched the roadway for evidence.

A person in the neighborhood, who declined to be identified, said they heard about five gunshots around 5:30 p.m. followed by squealing tires.

A man who works in the area, who declined to give his name, said he saw occupants of two vehicles shooting at each other on Spain Street, firing off what sounded like roughly 10 gunshots as part of what appeared to be a gun battle.

As police worked the scene into Monday evening, the area remained largely void of onlookers.

Monday’s violence occurred in an area of St. Roch that has experienced at least eight shootings this year, several of them fatal, nearly all of them in May. 

On May 1, a double shooting in the 1600 block of Spain Street killed 25-year-old Ferniqua Johnson and wounded a 23-year-old man.

The following day, 45-year-old Raymond Williams received fatal injuries in a double shooting in the 1800 block of Franklin Avenue.

On May 12, a man was shot in the face in the 2200 block of North Johnson Street, New Orleans police said. Two men, ages 22 and 41, were wounded in a shooting May 16 in the 2200 block of N. Galvez Street, police said.

Early May 27, a 24-year-old man was leaving his girlfriend’s home just before 10 p.m. when he heard gunfire near the intersection of Franklin and Painters streets–and realized that he had been shot in the legs, the NOPD said. 

More recently, an 18-year-old man was shot in his leg and his arm early June 7 while sitting in his car near Arts and North Derbigny streets.

At the beginning of the year, two men were wounded in a shooting in the 1600 block of Mandeville…

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