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Nineteen shot in New Orleans Mother's Day parade

New Orleans Police investigate shooting at the intersection Frenchman Street at N. Villere on Mother's Day in New Orleans, Sunday May 12, 2013. Gunmen opened fire on dozens of people marching in a Mother's Day neighborhood parade in New Orleans on Sunday, wounding at least 17, police said.

New Orleans Police investigate shooting at the intersection Frenchman Street at N. Villere on Mother's Day in New Orleans, Sunday May 12, 2013. Gunmen opened fire on dozens of people marching in a Mother's Day neighborhood parade in New Orleans on Sunday, wounding at least 17, police said.

NEW ORLEANS — Nineteen people including two children were shot in New Orleans on Sunday when gunfire erupted at a Mother's Day parade, and city police said they were searching for three suspects.

Ten men, seven woman, a girl and a boy both age 10 were hit when wild gunfire opened up at about 1:45 p.m. as the parade marched along North Villere Street, according to police spokesman Garry Flot.

Two victims are undergoing surgery, Flot said in a statement. The children were grazed and are in good condition, he said. It was unclear if the victims were marching or bystanders watching the parade.

Police superintendent Ronal Serpas told reporters that officers saw three suspects running away, with one about age 18 to 22. No arrests were made.

"It appears that these two or three people, for reasons unknown to us, started shooting at, towards or in the crowd," Serpas said, adding that the incident was over in "just a couple of seconds."

Serpas said a witness reported hearing two different types of gunshot, which he said indicated two weapons were involved.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu called the shooting part of "the relentless drum beat of violence" on the streets of New Orleans.

"It's a culture of violence that has enveloped the city for a long, long period of time," Landrieu told a news conference outside University Hospital, where three victims were being treated for serious injuries.

Photographs of the aftermath in the Times-Picayune newspaper showed a man lying on his stomach beside a pool of blood, being helped by two bystanders. Other photos showed a man in shorts sitting on a cobbled street, his calf bleeding and covered with a bandana.

Emergency medical responders took 11 people to Interim LSU Public Hospital in New Orleans, according to hospital spokesman Marvin McGraw

Violent crime in New Orleans ranks above the national average in FBI surveys. A poll of city residents in 2010 found crime to be their greatest concern.

In February, four people were wounded in a shooting outside a nightclub in the city's French Quarter as crowds gathered for Mardi Gras celebrations.

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jglass 11 months, 1 week ago

Start making examples of these people and the violence will slow down. Stop slapping them on the wrist.

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Sister_Ruby_Two 11 months, 1 week ago

Landrieu.....that name rings a bell. Related to the worthless governor of LA during Katrina...? the one who would not cooperate with Bush and call for Federal help prior to Katrina, who would not call for evacuation of New Orleans, who would not mobilize transportation in time to get people out of harm's way? Between her and Ray "Chocolate Town" Nagin..........the incompetence was simply astounding.

But wait, they could still team up with national members of the Democrat party and with a complicit media, heap the blame on Bush.

I see this Mitch Landrieu is carrying on the same fine tradition. You get what you VOTE for.

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whattheheck 11 months, 1 week ago

Kathleen Blanco. first woman, was Gov of LA during Katrina. Mary Landrieu, Mitch's sister was a US Senator during that time and Mitch was Lt Governor. All Dems of course.

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FryarTuk 11 months, 1 week ago

Blanco was a blank too but Nagin should have been tried for his part in the deaths of people in New Orleans. But the fools elected him again. I guess they were just paying him back for the televisions and computers they plundered.

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Sister_Ruby_Two 11 months, 1 week ago

Yeah well I had lost my Scorecard of the Worthless and Incompetent.

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whattheheck 11 months, 1 week ago

When it came to the Katrina scorecard of worthless and incompetent, there were plenty on it. lol

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erock 11 months, 1 week ago

Nineteen people wounded, hundreds in attendance and nobody saw one damned thing. Sounds about right.

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VSU 11 months, 1 week ago

More examples of sick minded people.

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Amazed2 11 months, 1 week ago

Can anyone remember Katrina!! Same people same gangs! Just they a few years older! New Orleans is a dangerous city. Very high crime rate. Murders, robberies, grapes. People get to drinking n the French Quarter go walking and get off a main street and get killed by thugs. Happens all the time. That's why I think its crazy in Albany to want to give Front Street a New Orleans flair. Well guess all we need us food and drink we got the thugs, gangs and crime.

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Ihope4albany 11 months, 1 week ago

I hope Landrieu reads his own City's history on the generational stronghold of slavery in the New Orleans area. When it was open season on blacks by whites, that culture of domestic terrorism translated from white on black to black on black violence.

Albany and New Orleans have too much in common for those who have ears to hear and eyes to see.

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Sister_Ruby_Two 11 months, 1 week ago

You just keep on with your diahrrea of the mind.........

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 11 months, 1 week ago

Events like this are adding more ammo (no pun intended) to this administration's arsenal. I hope they catch the individuals responsible and treat them as domestic terrorists.

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VSU 11 months, 1 week ago

It also just proves the point that your common thugs like these would have guns anyway, so the administrations gun laws would be worthless, only hurting law abiding citizens. On the other hand it adds more ammo (no pun intended) by some people that if people in the crowd had guns perhaps someone could have shot the thugs before they shot anybody else.

One migtht ask, is the crowd safer by having someone defending them, or are they safer by being there like sitting ducks totally defenseless against these thugs.

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FryarTuk 11 months, 1 week ago

Neither the crowd or the populace is safe in the culture of violence allowed in this nation.

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Amazed2 11 months, 1 week ago

They already declared them as"Non Terrorist". Just local thugs exhibiting some unrest.

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Ihope4albany 11 months, 1 week ago

It is so amazing how the wool has been pulled over everyone's eyes especially when the lids look the same.

Everything that we see with our natural eyes is a distortion of reality. So, you must begin seeing with your spiritual eyes and everything will make sense.

Those who believe they are right are wrong, and those who know they are right keep right on going to make things better for all, not a few.

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