Monday, May 13, 2013

New Orleans: Mother’s Day Parade Shooting

Update: Street Violence?

Via CNN:

Federal investigators say they have no indication the shooting at a Mother's Day parade in New Orleans was an act of terrorism.

"It's strictly an act of street violence in New Orleans," New Orleans FBI spokeswoman Mary Beth Romig said Monday.

Such parades —local traditions replete with dancing and brass bands —are known as second-lining. They happen most every Sunday, except during the hottest months in summer.

Shots were fired from different guns Sunday, and officers saw three suspects running from the scene, police said.

The shooting injured 19 people, including two children, police said.

Ten men and seven women were among the victims. The children were grazed. Other injuries ranged from minor to severe.

Via AP:

New Orleans police vowed to swiftly track down the gunmen who wounded 19 people at a neighborhood Mother's Day parade, the latest case of violence flaring up around a celebration in the city this year.

Detectives were conducting interviews, collecting any surveillance video they could find and gathering evidence from the scene where gunmen opened fire Sunday on the parade of hundreds of revelers.

Cell phone video taken in the aftermath of the shooting shows victims lying on the ground, blood on the pavement and others bending over to comfort them.