‘Sense­less’ shoot­ing wounds 10 near French Quar­ter in New Or­leans

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - NATION & WORLD -

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

Po­lice said both shoot­ings re­main un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, and au­thor­i­ties did not im­me­di­ately draw a 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, but it was not im­me­di­ately clear whether the per­son had any con­nec­tion to the shoot­ing.

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 as pa­trols were height­ened for this week­end’s Bayou Clas­sic, the an­nual Thanks­giv­ing week­end ri­valry foot­ball game be­tween Gram­bling State Univer­sity and South­ern Univer­sity at the Mercedes-Benz Su­per­dome.

“While this in­ves­ti­ga­tion is in the very be­gin­ning stages, one thing is cer­tain — we will not stop un­til we iden­tify and ar­rest those re­spon­si­ble,” Fer­gu­son said in his state­ment.

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

“The shoot­ings on Canal Street early this morn­ing were an ugly dis­rup­tion of an oth­er­wise beau­ti­ful hol­i­day week­end. We will do ev­ery­thing we can to wrap the vic­tims and their fam­i­lies in our love and sup­port, and to bring the crim­i­nals re­spon­si­ble to jus­tice,” she tweeted on Sun­day.

Ken­neth Cul­breth told the news­pa­per that he had gone into a CVS phar­macy in the early morn­ing hours to make a quick pur­chase. Mo­ments later, he walked out to a crime scene.

“On my way out of the CVS, I heard pops,” Cul­breth said. “It was so many, I couldn’t keep count.”

Po­lice ini­tially said 10 peo­ple were wounded. They later said 11 were wounded, but the po­lice depart­ment then sent a state­ment say­ing the cor­rect num­ber was 10.

The shoot­ing Sun­day af­ter­noon that killed two men and wounded two oth­ers hap­pened in a res­i­den­tial area about 3 miles north of the French Quar­ter.

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

New Or­leans po­lice in­ves­ti­gated a shoot­ing Sun­day on Canal Street, a busi­ness thor­ough­fare on the edge of the French Quar­ter.

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