Very tragic news. The Associated Press reports that gunmen opened fire on people marching in a neighborhood Mother’s Day parade in New Orleans on Sunday. The shooting — described by the FBI as a flare-up of street violence — took place at a parade that drew hundreds of people to the 7th Ward neighborhood, not far from the French Quarter.
At least three of the victims were seriously wounded. Of the rest, many were grazed and authorities said that overall most wounds were not life threatening. The victims included 10 men, seven women, a boy and a girl. The children, both 10 years old, were grazed and in good condition.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu urged witnesses to come forward with information during a news conference:
These kinds of incidents will not go unanswered. Somebody knows something. The way to stop this violence is for you all to help.
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.
Police saw three suspects running from the scene.
No arrests had been made as of early evening. Reportedly, shootings at parades and neighborhood celebrations have become more common in recent years as the city has struggled with street crime. Here’s a clip.