10 wounded in shoot­ing near New Or­leans’ French Quar­ter

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NEW OR­LEANS — Ten peo­ple were shot and wounded early Sun­day near the French Quar­ter in New Or­leans, a pop­u­lar spot for tourists. Hours later in an­other part of town, an­other shoot­ing killed t wo men and wounded two oth­ers.

Po­lice said both shoot­ings re­main un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, and au­thor­i­ties did not im­me­di­ately draw any con­nec­tion be­tween them.

Two of the 10 peo­ple shot on Canal Street near the French Quar­ter were in crit­i­cal con­di­tion in lo­cal hos­pi­tals, Po­lice Su­per­in­ten­dent Shaun Fer­gu­son said. No ar­rests were an­nounced by mid­day Sun­day, and po­lice did not im­me­di­ately re­lease in­for­ma­tion about any of the vic­tims.

“What hap­pened in our city overnight was a cow­ardly and sense­less act that we can­not and will not tol­er­ate,” Fer­gu­son said in a state­ment.

He said New Or­leans has seen a sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tion in vi­o­lent crime over the past four years.

Fer­gu­son told The New Or­leans Ad­vo­cate/ The Times-Picayune that a per­son of in­ter­est has been de­tained.

The first shoot­ings hap­pened about 3:20 a.m. on a busy com­mer­cial block of Canal Street that has street­car tracks and is near many ho­tels.

Fer­gu­son said po­lice quickly re­sponded to the scene as pa­trols were height­ened for this week­end’s Bayou Clas­sic, the an­nu­alThanks­giv­ing­week­end ri­valry foot­ball game be­tween Gram­bling State and South­ern Univer­sity at the Mercedes-Benz Su­per­dome.

New Or­leans Mayor La­toya Cantrell also pledged to bring the perpetrato­rs to jus­tice.

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