A shooting on Bourbon Street left nine people injured – two critically – in the latest incident of New Orleans gun violence penetrating even the city’s most iconic thoroughfare, reports the city’s Times-Picayune. New Orleans police Superintendent Ronal Serpas said “two cowardly young men” were responsible for the carnage, which sent bystanders diving into bustling bars and nightclubs for cover, and others crawling into open storefronts as they bled. Some of the victims were tourists.
The gunfight followed a disagreement between two men at 2:45 a.m. A witness told WWL-TV, “He seemed pissed off at some dude, pulled the gun out and started shooting at the guy, then turned around on the crowd and started shooting at us.” Tourists helped treat the injured. No arrests had been made. Mayor Mitch Landrieu, attending a leadership conference in Colorado with gun violence among its topics, pledged a swift police response. Though its homicide rate remains among the highest of U.S. cities, violent crime has declined in New Orleans in recent years.