1 Man Arrested in Fatal Bourbon Street Shooting, Police Looking for 2nd Suspect

Jordan Clay, 20, has been arrested for second-degree murder, officials said.

ByEMILY SHAPIRO
December 2, 2016, 12:05 PM

— -- A 20-year-old has been arrested in connection with the shooting in New Orleans' French Quarter last Sunday morning that killed one and injured nine, local officials announced this morning, as they urged the public to help them find a second suspect.

At a press conference this morning, New Orleans Police Chief Michael Harrison and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced that 20-year-old Jordan Clay has been identified as one of two men allegedly involved in the deadly shooting.

Police said today that they believe Clay and another man were in a dispute, then met on Bourbon Street, where the shooting happened.

Clay has been arrested for second-degree murder, officials announced this morning. He is being held in St. Martin Parish and will be extradited to New Orleans, they said. It's unclear whether Clay has obtained a lawyer.

Meanwhile, police are looking for the second suspect, the man that Clay met. That man's name has not been released. Authorities are urging anyone with information about what happened on Bourbon Street early Sunday to come forward.

The deceased victim, who was caught in the crossfire, was 25-year-old Demontris Toliver, of Baton Rouge. His father spoke at this morning's news conference, saying his son was a triplet and urging his other children to stay strong through the family tragedy.

Police said Clay and the other suspect were not from New Orleans and were in town visiting on a weekend that had a major public event: the Bayou Classic -- an annual college football game between the Grambling State University Tigers and the Southern University Jaguars. The game took place Saturday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, about two miles from where the shooting took place.

Landrieu tweeted this morning, "All options are on the table to increase security in NOLA especially in the French Quarter during major public events. ... We are constantly exploring all options to increase safety and security for our citizens."

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