A former Marine from Louisiana was among dozens of people arrested and charged Friday after authorities said they were part of a gang of gang members who robbed a barber in a parking lot in the New Orleans suburb of Orleans.
The incident happened about 11:45 p.m. on Saturday, authorities said.
When the barber arrived, he said he noticed that the suspect had a gun in his hand and was trying to rob him, according to the criminal complaint.
When he told the barbers owner he was not armed, he was shot in the leg, according the criminal.
The owner called 911 and an officer arrived at the scene.
“As I stepped out of the car, the suspect pointed the gun at my head and said, ‘I’m a hero,'” said Michael Davis, 41, who said he was in his 50s.
“I said, `What are you doing?’
And he said, ”My name is James Davis and I’m an American.'”
Davis said he pulled out his gun and fired twice at the suspect, who fled the scene in a white Chevrolet Impala.
The victim, who was shot at least six times, suffered a laceration to his right arm, according a police report.
He was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
The suspect, identified as 27-year-old James Leland Smith, was charged with aggravated robbery, aggravated battery and attempted aggravated robbery.
He has not been booked into the Orleans Parish Prison.
The shooting occurred at the Barber Shop on West Main Street, a popular spot for barbers in the neighborhood.
Authorities were investigating whether Smith had any ties to the Louisiana City gang.
The barbers’ owner told local media that Smith was on leave after being released from the military.