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Man Fires Shots Into Jackson Square Paintings in New Orleans

Suspect, 41, arrested for illegal discharge of firearm, criminal.
NEW ORLEANS (WDSU) -- A 41-year-old man was arrested and faces multiple charges after police said he shot up several pieces of artwork being shown at Jackson Square.

The suspect, Eric Wilson, of Hiram, Ga., allegedly damaged five paintings when he pulled and fired a .38 caliber revolver.

No one was injured in the incident.

A New Orleans police officer caught up with Wilson in the 700 block of Decatur Street. He was arrested for illegal discharge of a firearm, illegal carrying of a firearm and five counts of criminal damage to property.

The motive for the shooting was not immediately clear.

Jackson Square is known for attracting artisans who sell their paintings and crafts in the shadow of the St. Louis Cathedral.



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