Cardell Hayes is seen in a booking photo released by the New Orleans Police Department, in New Orleans, Louisiana April 10, 2016.  REUTERS/New Orleans Police Department/Handout via Reuters

Cardell Hayes is seen in a booking photo released by the New Orleans Police Department, in New Orleans, Louisiana April 10, 2016. REUTERS/New Orleans Police Department/Handout via Reuters

Will Smith Dead

The NOPD has arrested Cardell Hayes (DOB: 8-26-1987) for his involvement in a double shooting that claimed the life of 34-year-old Will Smith and injured his 33-year-old wife Saturday night (April 9). The incident happened near the intersection of Sophie Wright Place and Felicity Street.

Around 11:29 p.m., officers arrived on the scene and found the 34-year-old male victim in the middle of the street partially inside of his vehicle suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the body. He died at the scene. A 33-year-old female victim was shot to the right leg. She was transported to a local hospital.

Based on the preliminary investigation, officers learned the 34-year-old male victim and the 33-year-old female victim were traveling eastbound on Sophie Wright Place in a silver Mercedes G63. As they were approaching Felicity Street, their vehicle was hit in the rear by an orange Hummer H2, which caused their vehicle to hit the rear of a grey Chevrolet Impala. That vehicle was occupied by two acquaintances of the victims. They were not injured. At some point, the 30-year-old male driver of the Hummer and Smith exchanged words. The 30-year-old male driver produced a handgun and shot Smith multiple times, the female victim was also shot to the leg.

Cardell Hayes stayed on the scene until police arrived. Detectives questioned him at the homicide office and then brought him to Central Lock-up and booked him with Second Degree Murder.

The weapon used in the shooting was recovered at the scene.

Homicide Detective Bruce Brueggeman is in charge of the ongoing investigation and can be reached at 504-658-5300.

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