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Shooting injures 4 amid crowded New Orleans Mardi Gras fest



Published: Sun, February 10, 2013 @ 12:36 p.m.

Shooting injures 4 amid crowded New Orleans Mardi Gras fest

By STACEY PLAISANCE

Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS

Gunfire wounded four people on New Orleans’ famed Bourbon Street as a costumed crowd partied amid the countdown to Mardi Gras, sending people running, police and bystanders said.

Four shots rang out rapidly Saturday night, followed by screams as some in the crowd staggered into one another and a nearby wall, video taken by a bystander and released by police showed. Authorities said in an email Sunday that an argument involving one of the victims led to the shooting. They described the video — released early Sunday — as showing two men leaving the argument and returning with a third before the gunfire erupted.

No arrests were immediately reported, and police said they were seeking the three men who fled.

The wounded were two males and two females, New Orleans Police spokesman Frank B. Robertson said. One male victim was in guarded condition Sunday with shots to the abdomen, thigh and pelvis, Robertson said. The second male was shot in the buttocks, one female was shot on the chin and right foot, and the second female was shot on the toe, according to Robertson’s statement.

Police had said late Saturday that the most severely wounded man was undergoing surgery while the others were stable. None was identified by age or name.

The shooting came on the last weekend of partying before Mardi Gras, the Fat Tuesday celebration that is the signature tourist event of the year in New Orleans.


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1busyman(239 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

I guess with more conceal and carry laws happening in each state, using your fist or wrestling someone to the ground is a thing of the past. Where was the guy who was supposed to take out the shooter. That's right he was ducking behind a garbage can, saving his own ass. This is why the experts say, that most of gun totters that have not been trained in this situation will take cover and never pull their weapon. I am not against owning weapons. I am just saying that in a crowded situation a would want a trained professional taking control of the situation.

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2cambridge(2973 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

If everyone in the crowd had a gun they could have all fired back. I'm sure someone would have hit him.

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3Lifes2Short(3875 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

Such useless so called human DNA that roamed in the streets. Real tough shooting a gun in a crowded place. Can't get any tougher then that. Bet there mama's are so proud of them. Pitiful animals.

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4VINDYAK(1799 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

Clearly this character is not one who has the ability or responsibility to correctly own a handgun or has even passed a ccw class. I bet he couldn't even pass a background check because he has a criminal record.

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