The day before two unknown persons opened fire on the crowd: 3 people killed
Two armed men on Saturday evening approached a group of people gathered at a shopping center in New Orleans, and opened fire. As reported by the chief of police, in a shooting killed three people and injured seven.
The shooting occurred on a busy street, about 5 miles from the French quarter, police said.
Police chief Michael Harrison in conversation with journalists on Saturday said the two suspects allegedly were wearing hoodies and were armed with a shotgun and a pistol. According to him, they apparently fired into the crowd indiscriminately, hitting a ten. Before to escape, they stepped on one person.
“We believe that they really stood up against one of these people, fired several shots, then fled”, – he said.
Arrived on the scene police found three victims, two men and one woman who was confirmed dead on the spot.
Seven injured, five men and two women, were taken to two hospitals. Four of them were taken in private cars and three for ambulances.
According to Harrison, one victim is in critical condition after surgery. Others are in varying degrees of severity, but the danger to their life there.
Harrison talked with the family and friends of the victims at the scene, and described the situation as “volatile and tense”. He urged residents to be active and help the police find the murderers, at the same time asking them not to do this yourself.
“It was a very tragic incident. Tonight there were a lot of people. A lot of people who saw what happened, heard what happened, he said. – Most of all we need people to be active and right now has helped the New Orleans police Department to solve this case”.
Lawrence Russo bought a lottery ticket at a gas station nearby when I heard a sound which he mistook for fireworks, and only then realized it was gunshots. He told local newspaper the Times-Picayune that in total heard from 13 to 16 rounds.
“They do not cease to kill each other,” he said, shaking his head.
The place where the shooting occurred, police tape fenced, you could see people crying, trying to comfort each other.
The newspaper the New Orleans Advocate reported on a woman who was at the crime scene and shouted: “Raise my brother!”, while next lay two uncovered body.
The Times-Picayune reported on two men who tried to comfort the two sobbing women, while one of them shouted: “This is my child”.
The mayor Latonya Cantrell released a statement which said: “In New Orleans there is no place for such violence. I speak on behalf of all residents of our city when I say that we are extremely unhappy, we are outraged and we believe that fed it by the throat. Three lives there. This has to stop. This is completely unacceptable.”