The double shooting took place around 11:29 p.m., near the intersection of Sophie Wright and Felicity streets in the Lower Garden District, NOPD said.
Police, who has not officially identified the fatal victim as Smith, said the victim and his wife were traveling eastbound on Sophie Wright Place when their Mercedes Benz SUV was rear-ended by a Hummer H2. The collision caused the Smith’s vehicle to hit a Chevrolet Impala traveling along the same street.
Smith and the driver of the Hummer “exchanged words, at which time the driver of the Hummer produced a handgun and shot the male victim multiple times and his 34-year-old wife twice in the right leg,” said NOPD spokesman Juan Barnes.
Smith was pronounced dead on the scene. His wife was transported to a hospital, authorities said. Police said the 30-year-old driver of the Hummer is in custody and being interviewed by investigators. The gun used has been recovered.
A witness at the scene, Janis Baehr, a tourist in town for the French Quarter Festival, said she was walking near the intersection and heard six to eight gunshots. She said she went to the injured woman’s aid, giving her ice chips.
The witness said the woman appeared to have two gunshot wounds to her leg. The woman was taken away by ambulance.
Smith was slumped over the steering wheel of a silver SUV. The coroner’s office is on the scene investigating.