19 injured in Mothers Day parade shooting in US
Washington: Gunmen fired shots during an informal Mother's Day
afternoon parade in New Orleans in Louisiana state injuring 19 people, two
of them children, according to police.
The wounded in Sunday afternoon's shooting in the largest city and
metropolitan area in the state of Louisiana, governed by Indian-American
Bobby Jindal, included 10 men and seven women as well as a boy and a girl,
Local Nola.com citing police said both the 10-year-old victims had graze
wounds to the body and were in good condition. A man and a woman were
reported to be in surgery on Sunday evening.
Immediately after the shooting on Frenchmen Street police reported seeing
three suspects running from the scene.
Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas said the three gunmen likely worked
together, and at least two different weapons were used. One of the
suspects is described as a man between 18 and 22 years old with short hair
and wearing a white shirt and blue jeans, Serpas said.
Many of the victims were grazed, some by bullets that ricocheted. "At this
point, there are no fatalities, and most of the wounds are not
life-threatening," Nola.com cited spokesperson Remi Braden as saying in an
"But all medical conditions are not known at this time as victims were
rushed to nearby hospitals," Braden said.
"Detectives are conducting interviews, retrieving any surveillance video
in the area and, of course, collecting all evidence. This is an extremely
unusual occurrence, and we're confident that we will make swift arrests."
Dr. Jeff Elder, director of New Orleans Emergency Medical Services (EMS),
said that three patients brought in were in critical condition and went
straight to operating rooms. The rest, he said, were in good to serious
condition and were admitted to the emergency room.
There were about 300 to 400 people participating in the Mother's Day
parade, about 200 people apparently were in the area at the time of the
shooting, Serpas said.
The New Orleans coroner said no fatalities have been reported from the
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