Early Sunday morning around 3 a.m. gun shots rang out and dispersed through the crowded French Quarter wounding 11.
Shaun Ferguson the Superintendent said two of the eleven were hospitalized in critical condition. He also said one person was detained in proximity to the scene but their role, if any is yet to be determined. No arrests have been made yet at this time.
Ferguson said a heavy police presence was in the area just off of Burbon Street due to the annual Bayou Classic football game. Grambling State Vs Southern University was played on Saturday and historically draws a huge crowd.
“We had officers right there, within that very block, that actually thought they were being fired on. Our officers were within feet when this incident occurred, but unfortunately there were so many people out there we were unable to determine who was firing these shots.”
Details regarding this incident remain unclear, no motive has been determined and no names or genders of the wounded have been made public.
A witness in the area Kenneth Culbreth told reporters he was heading to the Canal Street CVS to make a purchase when he heard gunshots.
“I heard pops. It was so many, I couldn’t keep count.”
Our thoughts and prayers at IMU goes out to everyone affected by this sickening display of violence. We will bring you more details when we find out more.
(Cover photo courtesy of USA Today, and Fox News, video courtesy of YouTube and Newsy, source USA Today)