Good samaritan killed in Algiers shooting

Good samaritan killed in Algiers shooting
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Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 1:40pm

A man trying to stop a carjacking in Algiers was shot and killed, New Orleans police said. After the shooter fled, two schools were placed on lockdown for much of the morning.

The shooting happened about 7 a.m. in the 500 block of Vallette Street in Algiers and forced nearby Martin Berhman Charter School and International School of Louisiana to be placed on lockdown, school officials confirmed to WDSU. Martin Behrman Charter School's lockdown was eventually lifted when police said the shooter was no longer in the area. Some restrictions were kept in place at the International School, but the full lockdown was eased.

Police said a woman was going to work when she was approached by a man who demanded her vehicle. That's when she began to scream, and police said a 44-year-old man rushed to help her. However, the good Samaritan was shot several times by the carjacker, police said. The man died at the scene.

The good Samaritan's name wasn't immediately released by police, but relatives identified the man as 44-year-old Mike Ainsworth. Ainsworth had been involved in community policing efforts in the neighborhood, they said.

Police said the shooter ran off and is still at large.

The Algiers Charter School Association released the following statement on the lockdown of Martin Behrman Charter School.

"Due to the incident this morning in Algiers Point, we decided to temporarily put our school on 'lock down.' Although the incident did not occur on school grounds, we decided to restrict access to the school to protect our students and staff as a precautionary measure. The lockdown has been lifted, we will restrict outside activities and the school will remain on alert throughout the day."

WDSU will update this story with details as they are made available.

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