1 victim of Bourbon Street shootings dies; 'person of interest' surrenders

Associated PressJuly 2, 2014 

NEW ORLEANS -- A man identified by Louisiana State Police as a person of interest in a weekend shooting in New Orleans has turned himself in to police and has been jailed on unrelated charges.

Nola.com and WVUE TV reported late Wednesday Justin Odom, 20, was booked into the Jefferson Parish jail on shoplifting and traffic-related charges.

Police officials were quoted as saying Odom was not booked on any charges related to the shooting, which happened early Sunday on New Orleans' tourist-clogged Bourbon Street.

Odom turned himself in hours after police announced they were looking for him and that one of the shooting victims, a 21-year-old woman, had died.

Louisiana State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson asked for a moment of silence after announcing the death of the woman, who was from Hammond. A spokesman for the Orleans Parish Coroner's Office later Wednesday confirmed the woman had died but did not release her name.

Edmonson spoke at a news conference to discuss Mayor Mitch Landrieu's request for a permanent contingent of troopers to help with law enforcement in New Orleans.

Edmonson said state police doesn't have the staffing to put a permanent contingent of 100 troopers in New Orleans. However, he said he is looking at re-deploying the approximately 45 people already assigned to New Orleans as the city comes to grips with Sunday's deadly shooting in the French Quarter.

Landrieu had asked for the extra police presence to help the city's police force following the early Sunday shooting. Ten people, most of them visitors to the city, were hit.

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