Today at approximately 1:47 P.M., 10 adult males, 6 adult females, a 10-year-old male and a 10-year-old female were struck by gunfire during a Second Line Parade. The 10-year-old victims had graze wounds to the body and are in good condition and a male and female are in surgery at this time. Many of the victims were grazed (some by bullets that ricocheted). At this point, there are no fatalities, and most of the wounds are not life-threatening. Medical conditions are not known at this time.
Today at about 1:00pm, at Elysain Fields and North Roman the Original Big 7 Second Line started with a full contingent of Police Officers. The Parade was about 2 blocks long and went down Elysian Fields and turned on North Villere Street. When the end of the Parade reached North Villere and Frenchmen at about 1:47 p.m., shots were fired with different guns. Immediately after the shooting our officers saw three suspects running from the scene. One suspect was seen running on Frenchmen towards North Claiborne then unknown. That suspect was described as an African-American male approximately 18 to 22 years-old wearing a white T shirt and blue jean shorts.
Citizens with information that can help solve this crime are asked to call CRIMESTOPPERS at 822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP(7867) or Text your crime tip to C-R-I-M-E-S (274637), Text TELLCS then your crime information. You could receive a cash reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person(s) responsible. You do not have to give your name nor testify to receive the reward. Citizens can also submit an anonymous tip online to CRIMESTOPPERS at www.crimestoppersgno.org.
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Any person who, after the commission of a felony, shall harbor, conceal, or aid the offender, knowing or having reasonable ground to believe that he has committed the felony, and with the intent that he may avoid or escape from arrest, trial, conviction, or punishment shall be charged with R.S. 14:25; Relative to Accessories After the Fact.
An accessory after the fact may be tried and punished, notwithstanding the fact that the principal felon may not have been arrested, tried, convicted, or amenable to justice.
Whoever becomes an accessory after the fact shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars, or imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not more than five years, or both; provided that in no case shall his punishment be greater than one-half of the maximum provided by law for a principal offender.
Officer Garry Flot