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Saturday, June 8, 2019

Kenner police investigating two shootings Friday night

Kenner police are investigating two shootings Friday night (June 7) that left two people wounded.

Two people were wounded, and a teenager was arrested in a pair of shootings in Kenner Friday night (June 7).

An 18-year-old male suffered a gunshot wound to his arm in a shooting that occurred just before midnight in the 2600 block of Dawson Street, said Lt. Michael Cunningham, spokesman for the Kenner Police Department.

The victim, a woman, 26 and another 18-year-old boy had just parked in the driveway of a residence about 11:50 p.m. when two people wearing dark-colored clothing walked up to the car, according to Cunningham. The pair then began shooting at the vehicle.

One 18-year-old was shot in the arm and the other teenager suffered cuts from shattered glass, Cunningham said. The woman was not injured. The two teens were taken to a hospital where they were treated and released.

Four unoccupied vehicles were also damaged by gunfire, Cunningham said. Investigators recovered several shell casings at the scene.

No one has been arrested in the case.

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Earlier in the night, a motorist reported that a group of people on bicycles opened fire at his car in the parking lot of the Comfort Suites Hotel, 2710 Idaho St., Kenner, according to Cunningham.

The man told officers the shooting occurred just before 10:30 p.m. as he was dropping off someone who had planned to attend a party at the hotel.

When the bicyclists opened fire, the man tried to drive off but crashed into a utility pole at Indiana Avenue and 27th Street, Cunningham said.

The uninjured man jumped out of his car and ran. Police found the empty car when they responded to reports of gunfire in the area.

Arriving officers spotted several people fleeing the scene, including a 16-year-old boy who tossed two pistols, Cunningham said. Police detained the boy and recovered the guns.

The teen was arrested and booked with two counts of illegal possession of a firearm and possession of a stolen firearm.

The driver eventually returned to his car to speak with police.

Investigators expect additional arrests in the case, according to Cunningham. Police do not believe the two shootings are related.

Kenner police are investigating two shootings Friday night (June 7) that left two people wounded. (Jacob Hamilton/)

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