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Seven people were shot Tuesday along the Mardi Gras parade route in uptown New Orleans, and police arrested two suspects, according to police and emergency officials.
The shooting happened at St. Charles Avenue and 2nd Street just before 2 p.m., while truck parades continued to roll in the area
Emergency officials initially reported that six people were shot, but New Orleans police spokesman Garry Flot said in a news release Tuesday evening that seven people were injured. They include three men ages 50, 33, and 20; two women ages 17 and 20; a 15-year-old boy and a 20-month-old boy.
We were here watching the parade. I heard the shots. I thought it was fireworks," said witness Sam Stiltner. "I turned around and everybody was running."
Young said several New Orleans police officers were nearby when the shootings happened, so officers were able to quickly make arrests. Officers also recovered three guns at the scene, Young said.
The shooting had parade-goers shaken up.
"I just went and grabbed my daddy and held him as tight as I could," said Stiltner's daughter, Kendall. "I thought I was going to get shot."
Even with two people in custody, Stiltner said the weight of the shooting on Fat Tuesday is too much to bear.
"I have not been down here in 22 years," Stiltner said. "I ain't coming back. This was supposed to be the safe area, but it ain't safe."
Originally posted by Jenna
I've haven't had a chance to go to Mardi Gras, though I've always wanted to, but I've always been under the impression that there is a lot of drinking that goes on. I don't understand the logic in taking a baby around that.
Originally posted by mystiq
While this could be an isolated incident, it is my belief that M Kultra MC programs are prevalent in every area, including rural ones, are just below the surface of our modern day world, and that this incident, probably like most, happened to influence disarmament of citizens.
[edit on 24-2-2009 by mystiq]
Originally posted by LostNemesis
I cannot help but think about all of the anti-gun propaganda that comes to attention after EVERY shooting.
Just makes ya wonder sometimes.
Of the seven victims, two were listed in serious condition late Tuesday. They are both men around 20 who were shot in the abdomen, according to Jeb Tate with New Orleans EMS.
The five others suffered less serious wounds, according to police and EMS. They include a 20-month-old boy with a graze wound to the back; a 17-year-old girl shot in the thigh; a 50-year-old woman shot in the elbow; a 15-year-old boy with a graze wound to his back and a 30-year-old man with a graze wound to the thigh.
By early Tuesday evening, police booked the two suspects, who were apprehended at Carondelet and Second streets. Bouyelas said three guns were taken from the two men, identified as 20-year-old Mark Brooks and 18-year-old Louis Lazone. Each was booked with seven counts of attempted first-degree murder.
I was there, not more than 100 feet away. We saw the thugs (8-10 of them all black, 17-21 years old, dreadlocks, flatbrimmed caps, and athletic starter jackets) walk by us (my friend, from out of town) had just said, "let's sit on the curb and people-watch). Another out-of-town friend said "is that a gang?" I replied in the affirmative. Not more than 1 minute later, we heard what sounded like fireworks and saw people start to run.
Originally posted by redhatty
Makes me embarrassed of my city