NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA — In what police are calling a mass shooting, 10 people were injured when a gunman opened fire on a busy street just after 3 am this morning.
Two of the 10 were in critical condition in local hospitals, Police Superintendent Shaun Ferguson said. No arrests were announced by midday Sunday.
“What happened in our city overnight was a cowardly and senseless act that we cannot and will not tolerate,” Ferguson said in a statement.
Ferguson told The New Orleans Advocate/The Times-Picayune that a person of interest has been detained, but it was not immediately clear whether the person had any connection to the shooting.via myarklamiss
Police were on the scene quickly, as their presence was stepped up for the holiday weekend festivities.
CORRECTION: An individual was detained near the scene. However, their possible involvement in this incident remains under investigation. No arrests have been made at this time. Investigation remains ongoing. #NOPDAlert— NOPD (@NOPDNews) December 1, 2019
The shooting took place near the famous French Quarter on Canal Street.
Additional information has not been released, and police are still searching for the suspect or suspects.
I applaud our public safety team for their instant and efficient response — particularly our @NOPDnews officers who were on the scene within seconds. This tragedy will not define us, and it will not deter us from moving our City forward and keeping our people safe.— Mayor LaToya Cantrell (@mayorcantrell) December 1, 2019
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