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Shooting at Mother's Day Parade in New Orleans, 19 Wounded

Shooting at Mother's Day Parade in New Orleans, 19 Wounded

NEW ORLEANS (970 WFLA/WRNO)-19 persons, including a 10-year-old girl and a 10-year-old boy, were injured Sunday, in a shooting incident at Frenchman and Villere Streets in New Orleans' 7th Ward.

In addition to the children, the injured included 10 adult men and 7 adult women.

Many of those injured suffered graze wounds, some of them from bullets that richocheted.

It happened shortly before 2p.m. and at least 200 people were believed to be near the corner at the time.

The victims were taken to four hospitals for treatment and at least four reportedly required surgery. Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas told reporters at the scene it did not appear that any of the injured suffered life-threatening injuries.

Police say the "Original Big 7 Second Line" began at Elysian Fields and North Roman with a full contingent of Police Officers. The parade was about 2 blocks long and went down Elysian Fields and turned on North Villere Street. When the end of the parade reached North Villere and Frenchmen at about 1:47 p.m., shots were fired with different guns.

The NOPD is searching for up to three suspects who were seen running from the scene. One was described as a dark-skinned man between the ages of 18 and 22 and wearing a white shirt and blue jean shorts.

Serpas told reporters the incident was over "within seconds" since officers had been assigned to the parade.

"I think what frustrates all of of us is that the great culture of the city stumbles a bit because of the selfish behavior of some people," Serpas said.

The chief vowed, "we will find them and we will bring them into custody and make them pay for the crime they committed today."

There was no early speculation about a possible motive for the shootings.


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