Monday 5 December 2016

One dead, nine hurt in New Orleans shooting

Alain Roux

Published 28/11/2016 | 02:30

A forensic team collects evidence from shell casings at the scene of the fatal shooting off Bourbon Street in New Orleans Photo: AP
A forensic team collects evidence from shell casings at the scene of the fatal shooting off Bourbon Street in New Orleans Photo: AP

One man died and nine were injured during a late-night shooting in New Orleans' bustling French Quarter.

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Officers patrolling nearby rushed to the intersection of Iberville and Bourbon streets after shots were fired about 1.30am yesterday.

The shooting victims were two women and eight men, ranging in age from 20 to 37, he said. One man died at a hospital.

Police Superintendent Michael Harrison said police did not know what motivated the shooting, but one male victim was among two men arrested on firearms charges.

Supt Harrison said the shooting happened despite an increased police presence for the Bayou Classic football game on Saturday night between Southern and Grambling universities.

He said officers were nearby, heard the shots and ran toward them.

Glean Williams, who was selling hats and other items at a table a block away from the shooting, said people ran into doorways and hotels, or hid behind palm trees decorated with Christmas lights along nearby Canal Street.

"It was panic," said Mr Williams (24). "Everybody started running. People getting run over, stepped on, knocked over."

Mayor Mitch Landrieu said authorities would pursue the shooters "very, very aggressively".

"It's totally unacceptable," Mr Landrieu said. "I mean, the violence just continues to spin out of control with people brandishing weapons whenever they think they can."

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