At Least 3 Dead, Several Injured In New Orleans Shooting Attack
A manhunt is underway in New Orleans for two suspects who police say fired “indiscriminately” at a crowd on Saturday night, killing at least three people and injuring several others.
New Orleans Police Chief Michael Harrison said two individuals wearing hooded sweatshirts opened fire at a daiquiri shop located in the 3400 block of Claiborne Avenue, about three miles from the French Quarter.
Harrison said the suspects, armed with a long rifle and a handgun, “appeared to fire indiscriminately” at a “large crowd,” though they “stood over one individual and fired more than once at that person” before fleeing on foot, reported The Times-Picayune.
“This is an extremely tragic incident,” the police chief said at a press conference early Sunday.
Harrison said two men and a woman died in the shooting. Seven other victims — five men and two women — were injured, at least one of them critically. No further details were immediately available about the victims.
The Times-Picayune described a bleak scene in the aftermath of the attack. “Sounds of shouts and crying were heard throughout the chaotic scene late Saturday and into Sunday,” the paper said.
The city’s mayor, LaToya Cantrell, condemned the violence and vowed to “dedicate every resource necessary to ending this horror and seeing justice done.”
This is a developing story.