NEW ORLEANS, LA (KADN) — UPDATE: Shortly after 5:20 PM on Friday July 4, 2014, the New Orleans Police Department's Violent Offender Warrant Squad and the US Marshal's Office arrested Trung "Joe" Le in Mississippi.
New Orleans Police have identified 20-year-old Trung T. Le (also known as “Joe”) as a suspect in the shooting that killed Brittany Thomas and injured nine others on Sunday, June 29, 2014 in the 700 block of Bourbon Street. During the incident, Police believe at least two suspects exchanged gunfire, wounding bystanders in the crowd, before fleeing the scene. Police believe Trung T. Le fired the first shot.
Trung Le is an Asian male from Belle Chasse, Louisiana. His birthdate is August 10, 1993.
NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas said, “Now that Trung T. Le is publicly known to be wanted for this vicious crime, let me be perfectly clear. Any individual who harbors, conceals, or gives Trung T. Le assistance will be charged with being an Accessory After the Fact and potentially Obstruction of Justice. We know who Trung T. Le’s associates are. This is not a hollow statement. We have routinely charged individuals who give aid or assistance to fugitives and we will continue to do so.”
Early Friday morning, NOPD Homicide Detective Bruce Brueggeman obtained an arrest warrant for Trung T. Le for one count of First Degree Murder in the death of Brittany Thomas, and nine counts of Attempted First Degree Murder. NOPD Homicide Detectives, Warrant Unit, members of the US Marshall’s Task Force and Deputies of the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office West Bank Violent Crime Task Force have assisted the NOPD in searching for Trung Le.
Serpas added, “Our Eighth District and Homicide Detectives have worked around the clock since this shooting incident took place and I am confident we will bring all of the perpetrators in this case to justice. I am thankful to local, state and regional law enforcement agencies that have assisted the NOPD and to the community for the numerous Crimestoppers tips we have received.”