12 Shot at New Orleans Mother's Day Event

Gunmen opened fire as dozens of people marched in a Mother's Day second-line parade


CHEVEL JOHNSON, Associated Press | Sunday, May 12, 2013

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Gunmen opened fire as dozens of people marched in a Mother's Day second-line parade in New Orleans on Sunday, wounding at least 12 people, police said.

Photos: Mother's Day second-line shooting on Frenchmen Street injures at least 12 people

Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas told reporters that a 10-year-old girl grazed by a bullet was among those wounded in the shooting. She was in good condition. He said three or four people were in surgery but their conditions weren't known. No deaths were reported.

Serpas said that the procession had been accompanied by officers, who saw two or three suspects run from the scene.

The Times-Picayune reports there were about 200 people at the event when gunfire erupted.

Nobody has been arrested. It's unclear what sparked the gunfire.

The violence occurred at what's known as a second-line parade — a loose procession in which people dance down the street, often following behind a brass band. They can be impromptu or planned and are sometimes described as moving block parties.



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