Alan Minor, an artist who was displaying his paints Sunday afternoon in front of Jackson Square, said the shooter was sitting near him for about an hour before pulling out his gun and firing off shots, WVUE-TV, New Orleans, reported Monday.
"When he got in front of my artwork he took five shots at it. It was a complete random act. I wasn't expecting it at all," Minor said.
Minor said the man calmly walked away after shooting off the rounds, which destroyed some of his plank board paintings.
"There was a gentleman that was on a bicycle that followed him but he didn't know he was being followed and I guess as he got further down Decatur, he signaled the cops that this was the person that was firing the gun," Minor said.
Police said Eric Wilson, 41, was arrested on five counts of illegal discharge of a firearm and aggravated criminal damage.
Police said no one was injured in the shooting.