e_SSRq73 rampage revisited

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Bob Tucker pauses in front of the former Howard Johnson's hotel on Loyola Avenue Friday. Tucker worked at City Hall on the day in 1973 when Mark 'Jimmy' Essex shot police, firefighters, hotel guests and employees at the hotel.

  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Former Times-Picayune police reporter Walt Philbin looks through the glass memorial to New Orleans police officers killed in the line of duty. The names listed in the picture include officers killed by sniper Mark 'Jimmy' Essex before and during the Howard Johnson's incident 40 years ago. Philbin was a cub reporter just starting out when the incident took place in 1973.

  • Associated Press photo -- A wounded man is carried into a hospital in New Orleans after he was felled by a sniper's bullet in downtown New Orleans on Sunday, Jan. 7, 1973. A sniper later identified as Mark Essex shot at people on the street from the downtown Howard Johnson Hotel.

  • Associated Press photo -- A plainclothes police officer runs for cover as he moves toward the burning Howard Johnson Hotel in New Orleans on Sunday, Jan. 7, 1973, the day a sniper shot more than a dozen people.

  • Larry Preston Williams Sr.