Sunday, May 12, 2013


Mother’s Day Parade Shooting in New Orleans Injures 17 People

NEW ORLEANS – Seventeen people were wounded in a Mother’s Day second-line shooting along Frrenchmen Street at 7th Ward, Sunday around 2 p.m.

Supt. Ronald Serpas of the New Orleans Police Department said earlier Sunday that about a dozen people had been hurt, but NOPD spokeswoman Remi Braden said that the number had risen to 17 around 5:30 p.m. Sunday because some victims had not initially reported being wounded.

A girl, between 9 or 10 years old, was reportedly grazed by a bullet on her side but appeared to be in good condition.

The shooting took place in the 1400 block of Frenchmen St, at the North Villere St. intersection.

According to Braden, “many of the victims were grazed, some by bullets that ricocheted … at this point, there are no fatalities, and most of the injuries are not life-threatening.”

Braden added that “all medical conditions are not yet known at this moment as the victims were taken to nearby hospitals.”

A member of the press was participating in the Mother’s Day event in the area when the shooting took place, and heard six to seven shots fired.

Serpas said that on top of about 12 people wounded in the shooting, at least one was hurt in a fall during the ensuing panic.

According to Serpas, three to four people are under surgery, but stressed he did not know their medical conditions.

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