On Sunday, a gunman opened fire near the St. Charles Avenue Carnival parade route in New Orleans, resulting in the death of one man and the injury of four others.
The Krewe of Bacchus was winding down when gunfire went out along St. Charles Avenue and Terpsichore Street. According to the New Orleans police, the incident occurred about 9:30 p.m. in front of the Hoshun Restaurant, where a big crowd was gathered to celebrate Mardi Gras.
One small girl, one woman, and three men were wounded in the incident. One of the five injured men was pronounced dead at the hospital where they were all brought.
“We don’t know what happened prior to that, but we did hear gunshots and our officers responded as well as other agencies very quickly. And we were able to find two weapons on scene and also apprehend what we believe to be the shooter,” NOPD Deputy Chief Hans Ganthier said.
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According to WWL-TV, an eyewitness heard at least a dozen gunfire and saw individuals stumbling and dropping objects as they ran for their lives. He stated that officers had previously broken up a series of fights in the exact location before the shooting.
“In a panic, everyone took off. Everybody ducks for shelter. Everyone in my household made a conscious effort to duck. Mostly, I just followed about the youngest members of my family. “Mr. Andrew Crawford has made this statement.
The Bacchus parade was momentarily halted as shots were fired in the 1500 block of St. Charles Avenue. Police have stated that the procession will continue so that people may “move out of the way” of the crime scene but that no objects will be thrown into the area.
“This is not something we wanted to see. We really wanted to be a safe Mardi Gras and we continue to work toward that end,” Ganthier said.
They didn’t know if the individual they arrested was the only gunman along the procession route. An investigation into the shooting is ongoing.
The NOPD has requested anyone with information regarding the incident to contact Crimestoppers of Greater New Orleans at (504) 822-1111.
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