(June 29, 2014) The New Orleans Police Department is investigating a shooting that wounded nine people early Sunday morning. The incident happened at approximately 2:45 a.m. on the 700 block of Bourbon Street. Police believe at least two suspects exchanged gunfire, wounding bystanders in the crowd, before fleeing the scene.
“These are two cowardly young men who chose to settle a dispute with total disregard for human life,” said NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas. “Our officers are working around the clock to identify and arrest the suspects involved in this shooting. We will hold them accountable and we will bring them to justice.”
Three NOPD officers who were patrolling the Bourbon Street area responded to the scene immediately. Additional officers responded within four minutes of the initial call.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu said, “NOPD was in the immediate vicinity at the time of the incident, and I am confident that between video evidence and eyewitness accounts, we will bring the perpetrators to justice. Our crime fighting efforts have brought murders in the city of New Orleans to a historic nearly 30-year low. But on days like today, the statistics don't matter because every life is precious - from the 9th Ward to the French Quarter. We will not rest until every corner of this city is safe.”
NOPD detectives are reviewing surveillance video from around the area and will release pictures from the video as well as descriptions of the suspects as soon as possible. Anyone with surveillance video from the scene or any information on the incident is urged to call the NOPD or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.
Any further information on the condition of the victims involved will be released at the discretion of Interim LSU Hospital.
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