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New Orleans police officers stand guard at a crime scene where five people were shot
along a Mardi Gras parade route.

Shooting During Mardi Gras Parade Hospitalizes Several People

February 24, 2009 05:05 PM
by Josh Katz
Six people have reportedly been taken to the hospital following a shooting during a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans. Police arrested two suspects.
Shooting erupted at New Orleans’ Mardi Gras celebration around 1:40 p.m. today, injuring several people. The shooting started along the St. Charles Avenue parade near Second Street, according to The Times-Picayune of New Orleans.

According to local TV station WDSU, New Orleans EMS spokesman Jeb Tate says that six people were brought to the hospital; “They include: a 20-year-old man shot in the abdomen, an approximately 20-year-old man shot in the abdomen, a 1-year-old boy grazed in the back, a 17-year-old girl shot in the thigh, a 50-year-old woman shot in the elbow and a 30-year-old man grazed in the thigh.”

Deputy Chief Kirk Bouyelas says that none of the injuries appear to be fatal.

Police chased down two suspects at Carondelet and Second streets and arrested them. They were found carrying three guns, according to The Times-Picayune.

The shooting allegedly began “after the last major parade of the celebration had ended,” and “Truck floats that follow the Rex parade were going by when gunfire broke out.”

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