16 Shot At New Orleans Park As Gunfire Erupts At Block Party


Sixteen people were injured last night after gunfire erupted during a block party at a park in New Orleans, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Police Superintendent Michael Harrison said he believed several people had fired into the crowd of more than 300. The gathering was part of an after party for an annual parade. Harrison described the party as an “unpermitted event.”

A nurse who witnessed the event said two groups began shooting at each other around 6:15 p.m. “It was like New Year’s Eve all over again,” she said. Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who joined Harrison at a press conference at the scene, said, “At the end of the day, it’s really hard to police against a bunch of guys who decided to pull out guns and settle their disputes with 300 people in between them. It’s not something you can tolerate in the city.”

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