Sunday, May 12, 2013

 

Police say 18 victims in New Orleans Mother's Day shooting included 2 children


NEW ORLEANS - Police say that two of the 18 people shot in New Orleans during a neighborhood Mother's Day parade were children.


A news release says that the wounded included 10 men, six women, a boy and a girl. The children were both 10 years old.

The release says two people were in surgery Sunday. Many of the victims were grazed and most of the wounds were not life-threatening.

The shooting happened just before 2 p.m. Sunday during a second-line parade organized by the social club called The Original Big 7.



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

The FBI said that the shootings appeared to be "street violence" and weren't linked to terrorism.

Many of the victims were grazed and most of the wounds weren't life-threatening, police spokeswoman Remi Braden said in an email. No deaths were reported.

Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas told reporters that a 10-year-old girl was grazed in the shooting around 2 p.m. She was in good condition. He said three or four people were in surgery, but he didn't have their conditions.

Mary Beth Romig, a spokeswoman for the FBI in New Orleans, said federal investigators have no indication that the shooting was an act of terrorism.

"It's strictly an act of street violence in New Orleans," she said.

Officers were interspersed with the marchers, which is routine for such events. As many as 400 people joined in the procession that stretched for about 3 blocks, though only half that many were in the immediate vicinity of the shooting, Serpas said.

Police saw three suspects running from the scene in the city's 7th Ward neighborhood.

No arrests had been made as of late afternoon.



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