No suspect in custody after bloodbath on Canal Street in New Orleans on Sunday night, authorities offer up to $5,000 for tips that lead to an arrest
Deadly violence erupted despite heightened police presence ahead of Bayou Classic rivalry football game, on Thanksgiving Day weekend between Grambling State University and Southern University
Two separate shootings less than two miles apart left two dead and 12 injured on day of bloodshed in New Orleans early Sunday
A suspect opened fire on Canal Street in the French Quarter at 3.30am on Dec 1 which left 10 people with gunshot injuries – two were hospitalized in critical condition
A second shooting took place at 12.40pm just two miles away from the first left two people dead and further two victims injured
New Orleans authorities say the two shootings are not connected
The first shooting occurred in the early hours on Sunday after a gunman opened fire in Canal Street in the French Quarter.
The mayhem came on the first day of December,with businesses inside the tape demarcated crime zone were already decorated for the holidays. Coincidentally the scene of the carnage was also not too far from another disaster site, the collapsed Hard Rock Hotel’s hanging crane was in clear view, along with Christmas wreaths lining Canal street.
Pictures of the event showed signs of the grim weekend, with the scene and areas around it littered with food wrappers, beer cans and overflowing trash cans.
The shootings happened at the edge of the French Quarter in New Orleans, an area popular with tourists on the first day of December
The shootings happened at the edge of the French Quarter in an area popular with tourists.
In one incident ten people were injured in the 3.30am shooting on Sunday morning night, with two hospitalized in critical condition. One victim had been shot in the chest and the other in the torso.
The second shooting hours later took place in North Dorgenois Street near Hardin Playground at around 12.40pm, just two miles away from the first one.
Two men were killed and two others injured in the brutal violence.
A heightened police presence was already in place in the area because of the Bayou Classic rivalry football game, which takes place on Thanksgiving Day weekend between Grambling State University and Southern University on Saturday night.
NOPD Supt Shaun Ferguson confirmed that a person of interest has been detained after the first shooting. He emphasized that it’s unclear what involvement, if any, the person of interest had in the shooting. Officers said they were just a few feet away from the shooting and initially thought they were being fired at but couldn’t tell where the shots were coming from
No arrests have been made as of Sunday afternoon.
Police officers secured the area as startled holiday makers mill around trying to get their bearings in New Orleans on Sunday
Officers said they were just a few feet away from the shooting and initially thought they were being fired at but couldn’t tell where the shots were coming from.
No details are known about what led up to the shooting. An investigation is ongoing as detectives collect witness statements and surveillance footage near the scene on the 700 block of Canal Street between Bourbon and Royal streets.
The victim’s identities, ages and genders have not been released, but officials said no officers were injured.
Police originally reported 10 victims before increasing the count to 11 and then knocking it back down to 10 early Sunday afternoon. Five were taken to University Hospital and five others were taken to Tulane Hospital.