Gun­fight in French Quar­ter of New Or­leans kills 1, wounds 9

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NEW OR­LEANS — Po­lice had al­ready in­creased pa­trols in New Or­leans’ bustling French Quar­ter be­fore gun­fire erupted early Sun­day, leav­ing one man dead and nine other peo­ple wounded, and trig­ger­ing a panic in the crowded tourist district.

Ex­tra uni­formed and plain­clothes of­fi­cers were on duty and am­bu­lance crews were on standby for what Mayor Mitch Lan­drieu said was sup­posed to be a fes­tive time with col­lege and pro foot­ball games in the city and peo­ple va­ca­tion­ing over the long Thanks­giv­ing week­end.

Po­lice Su­per­in­ten­dent Michael Har­ri­son said of­fi­cers re­sponded about 1:30 a.m. Sun­day to the shoot­ing at the in­ter­sec­tion of Iberville and Bour­bon streets.

Har­ri­son said none of the vic­tims was an in­tended tar­get when two other men be­gan ar­gu­ing and shoot­ing. In­ves­ti­ga­tors con­tin­ued search­ing Sun­day night for the sus­pects, who fled on foot. Lan­drieu said au­thor­i­ties be­lieve the sus­pects are from out of town.

The shoot­ing vic­tims were two women and eight men, rang­ing in age from 20 to 37, Har­ri­son said. One of the men — 25-year-old De­mon­tris To­liver — died at a hos­pi­tal.

Five of the vic­tims were re­leased from a hos­pi­tal by Sun­day night, and four re­mained hos­pi­tal­ized with in­juries that were not con­sid­ered life-threat­en­ing, the po­lice su­per­in­ten­dent said.

Har­ri­son said the violence hap­pened de­spite an in­creased po­lice pres­ence for the Bayou Clas­sic foot­ball game Satur­day night be­tween South­ern and Gram­bling uni­ver­si­ties. The New Or­leans Saints played Sun­day at the Su­per­dome.

He said of­fi­cers were nearby, heard the shots and ran to­ward the scene of the gun­fire.

AN­DRE PENNER/AP

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