Murder investigation snarls traffic on I-10 in N.O.

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- A man later identified as Kim Thompson was found murdered in a car near the eastbound split of the Pontchartrain Expressway and Interstate 10, before dawn Thursday. The incident created a major traffic problem; the expressway was closed for several hours while authorities investigated.
Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- A man later identified as Kim Thompson was found murdered in a car near the eastbound split of the Pontchartrain Expressway and Interstate 10, before dawn Thursday. The incident created a major traffic problem; the expressway was closed for several hours while authorities investigated.

A man was killed on Interstate 10 Thursday morning in a shooting that caused gridlock for many commuters.

It was the second fatal shooting on the interstate in less than a month; on May 6, two men were shot in a car westbound near Metairie Road, one of them fatally.

New Orleans police say the victim in Thursday’s shooting — identified as Kim Thompson — likely was shot around 4:45 a.m. near the Broad Street overpass, where U.S. 90B and Interstate 10 eastbound split.

Police were called out to handle an accident on the roadway and found the victim’s black Infiniti Coupe covered in bullets and wedged up against a concrete barrier.

When officers and paramedics checked on the victim, they discovered he’d been shot several times and the man died at the scene.

No other information has been released on the shooting, which shut down Interstate 10 for several hours. One lane of traffic was reopened at 7:45 a.m., and all lanes were reopened by 8:30 a.m. Police are still looking for suspects and a motive in the shooting.

Officer Frank Robertson III said investigators are still trying to piece together what happened in the incident, including where the shooting actually occurred.

Homicide Detective Joseph Jefferson is in charge of the investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.