New Orleans LA Nov 27 2016 One person was killed and nine wounded amid French Quarter revelry in New Orleans early Sunday, police said.
Music pumped and the crowd continued to celebrate as police on horseback weaved through the historic Bourbon St. near Iberville St., where gunfire erupted shortly before 1:30 a.m.
Several cops heard the shooting and ran toward the chaos, New Orleans Police Department Superintendent Michael Harrison told reporters outside the crime scene.
He said two men arrested following the attack were in possession of firearms. One of them was among the victims and Harrison noted that the other person of interest “may or may not have been affiliated with this event.”
The victims included two women and eight men, whose ages ranged from 20 to 37.
One of the male victims was rushed to a nearby hospital where he died, authorities added.
The man who was arrested is being treated for his injuries and has been charged with illegal carrying of a weapon.
The condition of the remaining eight was not immediately known and it’s unclear what sparked the shooting.
The tourist hot spot was already teeming with people and an uptick in police patrols for the annual Bayou Classic football game, which saw Grambling State University winning 52-30 against Southern University.
“This was not something that should have happened,” Harrison said.
“We’ve made a strong message that this was not the place or time to bring firearms to the French Quarter during the Bayou Classic — or any event.”
Prior to Sunday’s shooting, police had already nabbed nine people with firearms during the past 24 hours.
In 2015, a man who bumped into a stranger during Bayou Classic festivities was beaten and then shot to death on Bourbon St., according to the Times-Picayune.