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19 Hurt in Shooting at Mother’s Day Parade in New Orleans: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Nineteen people including two 10-year-olds were injured in a shooting today at a Mother’s Day parade in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Police originally indicated there were 12 victims, but the number has been revised several times. WWLTV reports the victims include “10 men, seven women, a 10-year-old boy and 10-year-old girl.”

Here’s what we know so far.


1. There Have Been no Fatalities Reported

No one is dead, but four victims are reportedly in critical condition.

According to this tweet, three of the four were in surgery.

Many other victims were grazed by bullets, some of which ricocheted, New Orleans Police spokeswoman Remi Braden told Nola.com.

While no lives were lost in today’s shooting, there have been 60 murders in New Orleans this year, detailed on this interactive map (below) compiled by WWL-TV.


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2. A Reporter Says One Victim Was Shot Six Times

According to Fox News, 11 of the victims are being treated at the LSU hospital, but they do not have life-threatening injuries.


3. Three Suspects Are on the Loose

Gunshots rang out around 2 p.m. local time on Frenchmen Street at the intersection of North Villere Street.

Police were near the scene when it happened, but the suspects ran away. It is unclear what their motivations or whereabouts are at this time. According to the Russia Times, a door-to-door search was conducted to find them.

NOLA.com reports one of the suspects has been described as a male between 18 and 22 with short hair, a white shirt and bluejeans.

WWL-TV reports police describe one suspect as “a dark-skinned male, 18 to 24 years old, short hair, wearing a white shirt and blue jean shorts.”

Similar to the investigation of the Boston Marathon Bombings, police are “crowdsourcing,” asking anyone with photographs or video of the event to share and help the investigation.


4. The Youngest Victim is a 10-year-old Girl

New Orleans Police Superintendent Ron Serpas reported that the girl’s condition is stable and that she only suffered a “graze wound.”
Serpas

UPDATE: A second 10-year-old is among the victims:


5. There Were Over 200 People Present When the Shooting Occurred

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“The parade was only about two or three blocks long, and when the end of the second line was at the corner of Villere and Frenchmen, shots rang out – maybe two different types of weapons,” New Orleans Police Department Superintendant Ron Serpas said.

A social club called the Original Big 7 Social Aid and Pleasure Club organized the event, which is known as a “second line parade,” where the procession consists of a people dancing in the front with a band, usually playing brass, behind them.

A post on Big 7′s Facebook page details the parade route:

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