Skip to comments.Mark Essex, the Howard Johnson Sniper (vanity)
Posted on 01/09/2013 12:39:00 PM PST by TigerClaws
When Mark Essex was in the Navy, he said he wanted to become a dentist. Two years later he gunned down 19 people, including 10 police officers.
Thirty years before a pair of serial snipers terrorized Washington, D.C., Mark Essex prowled the streets of New Orleans with a .44-caliber Magnum rifle. During a weeklong reign of terror, he launched a series of surprise attacks against the city's police department, its citizens, and its visitors.
Essex's rampage ended in the bloodiest shootout in New Orleans history and the deadliest day ever for its police department.
As the events of that day were broadcast live on television, 12-year-old John Allen Williams, who would later change his name to John Allen Muhammad and become one of the beltway snipers, lived less than 70 miles away.
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I remember the shootout in NO. They cornered him in at the top of a cement elevator shaft and spent a long time shooting at the door, even using an elephant rifle to try and break through the cement wall.
Then he ran out and was shot dead. Believing there was a second shooter in the shaft the police continued to shoot and shoot.
I watched live TV of the police storming the rooftop shooting and shooting. As a result several cops were hit by friendly fire. There was no one else in the elevator shaft.
The shooter used a Ruger .44 mag deerslayer rifle with a short tube magazine. Holds 4 cartridges.
Now some other info I read over the years.
The shooter acted alone, or did he? One man who was shot claimed it was a different person who shot him, and the doctors pulled a .30 cal slug out of his belly. Never heard more about it.
This was before the formation of SWAT teams and may have been the inspiration for them.
Its no surprise you’ve never heard of him. Doesn’t fit the media narrative, obviously.
I was a student in NO at Tulane University when this happened. The local police were inept and another gunman who escaped may have been involved.
My brother was shot by Mark Essex he ended up having to retire from the police department.We had to watch him get shot on TV.
As I recall, when the police stormed the roof top concrete block structure where they thoufght Essex was hiding, one of them fired a machine gun, resulting in a richochet that wounded a fellow officer.
I remember this all very well, especially when my dad stopped and got his 98K Mauser and two boxes of cartridges out of the gun cabinet before leaving for the office. Essex was already up in the Howard Johnsons building by then, so Dad thought the cops might like to borrow the rifle. Turns out, quite a few locals had already made the same offer.
Several of the officers who were shot were right across the street from the hotel, in what is now a public park area that sits in front of the state building and the Louisiana Supreme Court (since relocated). The park's landscaping now includes several tall earthen berms up near the street. I've often thought those were added out of fear of some sort of copycat.
Ping for later...
***We had to watch him get shot on TV.***
I saw him go down on live TV.
” Doesnt fit the media narrative, obviously.”
Never heard of him either. Black people simply do NOT commit this particular type of crime!/s
***Yep, the NOPD officers were badly outgunned during much of this incident;***
Many of those officers storming the shaft were armed with m-1 carbines with extended magazines.
The whole effort was astoninshingly poorly organzed until an experienced marine officer, who came with the copter, became involved. I said then and I say now: a single military squad trained in urban warfare could have quickly and effectively dealt with the situation. The New Orleans police were trained in Mardi Gras crowd control and were completely untrained and unprepared to deal with what occurred on that fateful day.
Essex: After his discharge, he became involved with black radicals in San Francisco, California and later joined the New York Black Panthers.
Around ten years ago (the 30th anniversary of the incident), a book was published about this. From comments I've seen, it paints Essex as a victim and a hero to the black community. Hey, maybe Tarentino can make a movie about him.
Look up the Zebra killings if you aren’t familiar with that.