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17 injured as gunmen open fire on Mother's Day parade

GUNMEN opened fire on dozens of people marching in a Mother's Day neighbourhood parade in New Orleans yesterday, wounding at least 17 people, police said.

Police spokeswoman Remi Braden said in an email that many of the 17 victims were grazed and most of the wounds weren't life-threatening. No deaths were reported.

Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas said a 10-year-old girl was among those grazed in the shooting. She was in good condition. He said three or four people were in surgery, but he was unaware of their conditions.

As many as 400 people joined in the procession that stretched for about three blocks in what's known as a second-line parade, a loose procession in which people dance down the street, often following behind a brass band.

They can be impromptu or planned and are sometimes described as moving block parties.

Police officers were interspersed with the marchers, which is routine for such events. Only about half the participants were in the immediate vicinity of the shooting, Serpas said.

Police saw three suspects running from the scene. No arrests had been made as of late afternoon.

Police vowed to make swift arrests.

"We'll get them. We have good resources in this neighborhood," Serpas said.

Irish Independent