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January 22, 2014

Famed bass player Doug Potter, 54, was punched in the head Tuesday night after leaving Bourbon Street courtyard cafe where he was performing.

Potter is reported to be in a coma at a local hospital where he remains in intensive care.

Police describe the attacker as a stocky black male, about 5'7". The attack was witnessed by bystanders as well as captured on at least one security camera.

Musician in coma after brutal attack in French Quarter

Tania Dall / Eyewitness News

"According to witnesses as well as video tape, two individuals just took it upon themselves to assault, and badly hurt him. He fell into the street," said David Potter, the victim's brother.

Since the brutal attack the 54-year-old bass player has undergone intensive brain surgery at University Hospital, where family and friends continue to pray for his recovery.

Friends confirm he's now in an induced coma.

"Get these people off the street. I've had it. You live here all your life and you have to deal with something like that," said David Potter.

As Potter remains in intensive care, loved ones are grappling to understand why the musician with such a "big heart" was the target of such a violent and senseless attack.

"In 2004, we started playing here. All this time we've had nothing bad happen. This is the first time something bad has happened," said Steamboat Willie.

Potter's family says he wasn't robbed during the assault. NOPD detectives are looking at surveillance video to help track down his attackers.

Late Tuesday evening, they released a sketch of a suspect, which you can see above. He's wanted for second-degree battery.
He is described as a black man and about 5’07” with a stocky build. He has a tattoo between his eyes that appeared to be a “W” with a cross above it.

If you can help solve this case call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.

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