Yesterday New Orleans police released video footage of a shootout from February 17th between police and an armed robbery suspect.
During the shootout Reginald Bursey, the 32-year-old shooter, was shot and killed. Five bystanders were also shot.
Police said the shootout started seconds after Bursey spotted police approaching him, on Canal Street near the corner of Elk Place, when he fired his gun toward an officer. Bursey then turned the corner down Elk Place, an area that serves as a transit hub for RTA buses and streetcars, still shooting, before winding through Cleveland Avenue and South Saratoga Street and hiding in a bush outside Tulane Medical Center on Tulane Avenue. Bursey was killed in the exchange outside the medical center.
An extended gunfire exchange started on Canal Street, near Elk, and then on Elk Place. A second exchange occurred in front of Tulane Medical Center. NOPD Superintendent Shaun Ferguson said Thursday Bursey shot first in both exchanges, noting his officers only fired their guns when they were being fired upon. A Louisiana State Police trooper also exchanged gunfire with Bursey in front of the hospital.
NOPD’s internal investigation has not concluded, but so far supports that three of the bystanders were wounded by bullets fired by one of the two NOPD officers -- a plainclothes detective and a uniformed officer -- who participated in the shootout.
This video displays graphic content so don't watch if you're touchy.