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The article correctly described some factual elements of the incident, but distorted a number of details. On 22 November 2015, what was described by credible news sources as a "gunfight" erupted during a large event at Bunny Friend Playground in New Orleans. The day of the shooting the New Orleans Advocate reported a "hail of gunfire" between "two unidentified groups" erupted at the public park, adding that "multiple gunmen [were] shooting at each other."
Information about the 22 November 2015 shooting at Bunny Friend Playground was in fact easy to come by, as the incident was reported on extensively by both local and national news outlets. Initial reporting alone (not counting follow up reports on arrests) generated hundreds of articles in Google News; among sites which covered the shooting were USA Today, People, FoxNews.com, NBCNews.com, Daily Mail, the New York Times, New York Daily News, KSLA, WWL-TV, the Times-Picayune, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Not only was it clear the media hadn't colluded to "bury" the story, but most coverage included a mug shot of Allen (clearly not downplaying the fact the suspect was black.)
Another misrepresentation in Mad World News' article involved the "giant mass shooting" it described. While 17 people were wounded (no one was killed) in the Bunny Friend Playground incident, "mass shooting" is a term generally used in an entirely different manner:
originally posted by: Rezlooper
What's crazy about this is if it's all wrapped up and it was just a dispute between two guys, why is the place still in lockdown and they are sweeping the place for bombs. Maybe they are making a much bigger deal out of nothing here. Don't know.
originally posted by: IAMTAT
Listening to the scanner during the event, I distinctively heard the officer say "three bodies by the ramp"
originally posted by: RadioRobert
a reply to: Rezlooper
So the shop where the shooting took place is a local "Hell's Angel's" hangout (I realize they didn't name the gang, I'm just using the term as a generic motorcycle gang). Police possibly using the incident as an excuse for a good looksee. Makes some sense.
originally posted by: queenofswords
a reply to: Rezlooper
Well...there you have it! Good find and very interesting.