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Everything We Know About The Mass Shooting Along Mardi Gras Parade Route in New Orleans

Authorities said that a shooter opened fire on Sunday along the route of a well-known Mardi Gras parade, leaving one person dead and four others injured.

According to a statement from the New Orleans Police Department, the gunshot took place at around 9.30 p.m. on the 1600 block of Terpsichore Street along the route of the St. Charles Avenue Carnival parade.

Witnesses said that at least a dozen bullets were fired as thousands of tourists and locals who had gathered to see the Krewe of Bacchus parade fled for safety.

Two weapons were found at the site, and police immediately apprehended a suspect.

What is known about the shooting is as follows.

The Krewe of Bacchus parade, which is typically held on the Sunday before Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, was witnessed by a sizable audience of tourists and locals lining the streets.

Around 9.30 p.m., a shooting broke out in front of the Hoshun restaurant, ruining the celebration’s festive atmosphere in true New Orleans fashion.

At least a dozen shots were fired, according to witnesses who spoke to WWL, sending horrified onlookers fleeing.

“Everyone ran. Everyone took cover. My whole family ducked. I kind of just hovered over my family, like the small children,” paradegoer Andrew Crawford told WWL.

Police work the scene of a shooting at the Krewe of Bacchus parade on Sunday. (AP)

A young girl was attended to on the spot while three men, a lady, and she were all taken to the hospital with gunshot wounds. According to officials, one of the males later passed away.

“We were able to find two weapons on scene and also apprehended what we believe to be a shooter,” NOPD deputy chief Hans Ganthier said at a news conference on Sunday.

“Whether he’s the sole shooter or not, we will determine through investigation.”

No motive has been discovered, and the suspected shooter’s identity has not been disclosed.

One witness told WWL that police broke up conflicts between parade attendees before the shooting started.

According to Mr. Ganthier, it is still unknown if the altercation preceded the shooting or what relationship the suspect had with the victims.

Officers from the NOPD, the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Department, the Louisiana State Police, and the Department of Corrections all arrived on the scene right once after hearing the gunshot, according to Mr. Ganthier.

Police surrounded the area with cordons as the protestors dispersed. Confetti, plastic, and private items that were discarded in a rush to find cover covered the streets.

Mr. Ganthier expressed disappointment that gun violence had marred the city’s yearly festivities.


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