Shooting on Bourbon Street in New Orleans leaves 1 dead, 9 injured
PUBLISHED Sun, November 27, 2016 - 10:26am EST
Gunfire erupted on the famed Bourbon Street in New Orleans on early Sunday morning, killing one person and injuring nine others. Two people were arrested on weapons charges but the suspected shooter or shooters remain at large.
The incident happened at about 1:26 a.m. CT on Sunday when officers were called to reports of shots being fired near the intersection of Bourbon Street and Orleans Avenue, which is located in the French Quarter neighborhood of New Orleans.
"Dozens of NOPD officers working special event patrol were in the area at the time of the incident and responded immediately to the scene," police said in a statement. "Upon arrival, officers discovered nine victims at the scene suffering from gunshot wounds of varying severity."
The nine victims were transported to a nearby hospital where one of the victims - identified only as a male - succumbed to his injuries. Investigators later learned that a 10th victim, who also suffered a gunshot wound, had been taken by private vehicle to an area hospital.
One of the victims was found to be in possession of a firearm and was arrested for illegal carrying of a weapon, but there was no indication that he had fired any shots. A second person who was at the scene but apparently not involved was also arrested after he was found to be in illegal possession of a handgun.
Police did not immediately clarify how many shooters they were looking for.
"I do not have the information about what precipitated the shooting," said New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison. "Our detectives are combing that scene right now to gather evidence, we're looking for witnesses [and] we're interviewing the victims."
The identities of the victims were not immediately released, but police described them as 8 men and 2 women, ranging between the ages of 20 and 37.
The shooting happened during the 4-day Bayou Classic weekend, which features a parade and a college football game between Grambling State University and the Southern University. Dozens of officers were in the area because of the game.
Bourbon Street, a 13-block street in the French Quarter, is well-known for its annual Mardi Gras celebration and is the center of the area's nightlife with jazz clubs, restaurants, nightclubs, and bars.
New Orleans has one of the highest crime rates in the United States, though mass shootings are relatively rare. Bourbon Street was also the scene of a mass shooting in June 2014, when nine people were injured during an exchange of gunfire between two gunmen.