At Least 19 Injured In New Orleans Mother's Day ShootingAt least nineteen people in New Orleans, including two children, were injured on Sunday when multiple gunmen opened fire on a Mother’s Day parade, police said.

A 10-year-old boy and 10-year-old girl were grazed by bullets but are in good condition, New Orleans Police spokesman Garry Flot said in a statement. A woman and a man were in surgery Sunday evening, but there were no fatalities and most wounds were not life threatening, police said.

According to police, most victims were grazed by bullets.

Authorities saw three people running away from the scene after the shooting. At least one suspect was described as a man between the ages of 18 and 22.

New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas said there may have been as many as three shooters, and that two different types of weapons were likely used.

The victims were marching in what is known as a second line parade, which are common in New Orleans: A brass band plays while marching in the streets, while a “second line” of people follows the band, celebrating.

Police say the parade was just two blocks long.

“These are unusual circumstances. We have second lines which occur in the city of New Orleans virtually every weekend at this time of the year,” said Serpas.  “We had a full complement of police officers. It appears that these 2 or 3 people just for a reason unknown to us, started shooting at towards, or in the crowd. It was over in just a couple seconds.”

Detectives are conducting interviews and retrieving surveillance video from around the crime scene. A spokesman for the New Orleans Police Department said he is confident swift arrests will be made.

In front of reporters late Sunday, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu urged anyone with information about the shooting to come forward.

Second lines have been targets for violence in New Orleans in recent years. In the past, shooters have targeted a specific person in the crowd, which authorities say may have been the case Sunday as well.  But Landrieu dismissed the notion of outlawing the Louisiana tradition.

“It’s not the second line that did the shooting,” he said. “The cultural events are very important to us, it’s like calling for an end to Mardi Gras because someone takes an opportunity to shoot someone during one of our parades.”

“Second lines have been with us for a long, long time,” Landrieu added. “They are an important part of our culture and our heritage.”

 

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  • Dalili

    Oh my word! This story left me both angry and sad when I read it on another site this morning. In a still picture taken from a cell phone recording of the shooting, you can see a child scrambling up some steps to take cover. It’s awful!

    I wish the injured a speedy recovery and pray that the witnesses cooperate with the authorities to get these monsters off the streets; that’s the only way this cycle of violence will be broken.

  • Anthony

    What is scary is that people who would shoot through a parade have no values worthy of the name. These young men need the sort of re- education that has been done to child soldiers in places like Sierra Leone. Simply jailing or executing the guilty will not stop this behavior. The problem is that no one, including President Obama, has the political will to make it happen.

  • What a bunch of cowards. And good for Major Landrieu for not outlawing second lines, the people participating in them and the tradition is not the problem but the cowards who think it is open season to shoot in a crowd. This was beyond ridiculous it is high time for people and the parents of these individuals to take their neighborhoods back and turn them in because at this is just localize terrorism. I wish and pray for a speedy recovery for the victims.

  • Starla

    If I was the mother to any of these losers I would line them up and shoot them myself.