Crime

Authorities are still piecing together details surrounding a Saturday afternoon?shooting on Interstate 10 in Metairie?that left a Baton Rouge man wounded.?

It's the first interstate shooting in the metro area since gunfire closed the Crescent City Connection in February.?

The Baton Rouge man, 27, was driving eastbound on I-10 near the Interstate 610 split at about 2:30 p.m. when someone opened fire on his vehicle, according to Capt. Jason Rivarde, spokesperson for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office.?

The man suffered gunshot wounds to his arm and leg as well as a graze wound to his head, Rivarde said. He was taken to a hospital in stable condition.?

After the man was shot, he crashed into another vehicle, Rivarde said. No other injuries were reported.?

Investigators can't yet say for sure whether the shooting was random, an act or road rage or a targeted attack by someone known to the victim.?

Saturday's shooting is believed to be the only shooting on an interstate in Jefferson Parish so far this year.?

New Orleans saw a sharp increase in interstate shootings?starting in 2019. The fear and fervor surrounding the topic hit a peak in 2022 with at least 30 people shot on the city’s highways, seven fatally.

The concentration of shootings near the I-10 high-rise fueled false speculation that a single serial shooter was on the loose, a theory New Orleans police repeatedly debunked. They cited existing feuds, road rage and crossfire as more likely motives.

The cases have been particularly difficult to solve with arrests in just nine of the 149 interstate shootings reported in New Orleans between 2012 and 2022, according the NOPD’s Analytics Unit.

In 2023, the number of interstate shootings dropped along with the overall rate of gun violence, though at least 14 people were shot on New Orleans interstates, at least two of them fatally.

There have been fewer interstate shootings over the past few months. Most recently, the NOPD responded to?gunfire on Feb. 22?atop the Crescent City Connection Bridge.

Giovanne Coleman, 23, was fatally shot while riding in a vehicle with a man and woman on U.S. 90 westbound. Coleman was taken to a hospital in grave condition but died of his injuries. There have been no arrests in the case, NOPD said.

Jefferson Parish did not experience the type of surge in interstate shootings seen in Orleans Parish, according to Rivarde. Saturday’s shooting hasn’t raised any concerns among authorities that they’ll see a similar trend, he said.

“We don’t believe this is indicative of things to come,” Rivarde said.

Missy Wilkinson, John Simerman and Carlie Kollath Wells contributed to this report.?

Email Michelle Hunter at mhunter@theadvocate.com or follow her on Twitter, @MichelleHunter.

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