New Orleans police are investigating a mass shooting that wounded 10 people early Sunday near the French Quarter, the Associated Press reports. Two of the 10 were in critical condition in local hospitals, Police Superintendent Shaun Ferguson said. “What happened in our city overnight was a cowardly and senseless act that we cannot and will not tolerate,” Ferguson said. The shooting happened about 3:20 a.m. on a busy commercial block of Canal Street that has streetcar tracks and is near many hotels. Police quickly responded to the scene as patrols were heightened for the Bayou Classic, the Thanksgiving weekend rivalry football game between Grambling State and Southern University.
Mayor Latoya Cantrell pledged to bring the perpetrators to justice. “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 said. Kenneth Culbreth told The New Orleans Advocate/The Times-Picayune that he had gone into a CVS pharmacy in the early morning 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.”