Mother’s Day Parade Shooting: At Least 12 Shot During New Orleans Festivities

Posted: 05/12/2013 4:53 pm EDT  |  Updated: 05/12/2013 5:29 pm EDT

At least 12 people were reportedly shot during a Mother’s Day parade in New Orleans on Sunday. Among the victims was reportedly a 10-year-old girl who was grazed by one of the bullets.

According to the New Orleans Times-Picayne:

While [New Orleans Police Department Superintendant Ron] Serpas said there were about 300 to 400 people in the Mother’s Day [parade], there were about 200 people in the area of the shooting. He said that about 10 NOPD officers were spread out throughout the second line and that three people were seen running from the shooting scene. Serpas said that the three suspects likely worked together and that at least two different weapons were used. One of the suspects is described as a man between 18 years old and 22 years old with short hair and a white shirt with blue jeans, Serpas said.

Nine people were taken to the area’s University Hospital, eight of them having sustained gunshot wounds, according to WWLTV. Three are said to be critical condition, while no fatalities have been reported in the shooting’s immediate aftermath, per the Times-Picayune.

More from the Associated Press:

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Gunmen opened fire as dozens of people marched in a Mother’s Day second-line parade in New Orleans on Sunday, wounding at least 12 people, police said.

Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas told reporters that a 10-year-old girl grazed by a bullet was among those wounded in the shooting around 2 p.m. She was in good condition. He said three or four people were in surgery but their conditions weren’t known. No deaths were reported.

Serpas said that the procession had been accompanied by officers, who saw two or three suspects run from the scene in the city’s 7th Ward.

The Times-Picayune reports there were about 200 people at the event when gunfire erupted.

Nobody has been arrested. It’s unclear what sparked the gunfire.

Second-line parades are loose processions 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.

A social club called The Original Big 7 organized Sunday’s event.

 

Thank you to the Huffington Post  for this article.

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