New Orleans park shooting rattles city amid record-low homicides

23 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

16 people injured in shootings at New Orleans playground.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Police have been trying to figure out what sparked a gun battle in a crowded New Orleans park that left 16 people wounded and the mayor is calling on witnesses to come forward. Sixteen people were injured when two groups opened fire on each other during an impromptu gathering of several hundred people to record a music video at a New Orleans playground Sunday night, police said. Police were on their way to break up a big crowd at Bunny Friend Playground when gunfire erupted at the park in the city’s 9th Ward, the police said in a statement.

A manhunt was underway across New Orleans on Monday after 16 people were shot during a gunfight at an impromptu music video recording at in a city park, authorities said. The police have also asked people who might have any video of the shooting to bring it to police. “At the end of the day, it’s really hard to police against a bunch of guys who decide to pull out guns and settle their disputes with 300 people in between them.

The shooting followed a second-line parade by the Nine Times Social & Pleasure Club that had taken place a block or two from the shooting scene, Landrieu said. That’s just not something you can tolerate in the city,” Landrieu said. “It’s going to require the people who were in this park to basically say they’ve had enough and they’re not going to put themselves in harm’s way and give us information so that the police can do their job,” he said. City police officers had been monitoring the parade, but witnesses said they were beginning to disperse as the after-party kept going, The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune reported. Photos of the scene showed emergency workers wheeling some of the wounded to ambulances on gurneys while other people who appeared to be in pain lay on the ground. The shooting’s aftermath was “chaotic,” The Times-Picayune reported, with several people lying around the park’s main building and hats and possessions scattered around the playground.

Outside University Medical Center, Kawandra Hayney said she had been driving about two or three blocks from the playground with her daughter when people ran by shooting. According to, second line parades are “the descendants of the New Orleans’ famous jazz funerals and, apart from a casket, mourners and a cemetery visit, they carry many of the same traditions with them as they march down the streets.” There are dozens of second line parades scheduled throughout the year and throughout the city, usually on Sunday afternoons, according to the website. Each parade includes a brass band and street dancing by members wearing “brightly colored suits, sashes, hats and bonnets, parasols and banners,” the website said. Police had been helping with a parade that had been taking place about a block away from the park and were able to quickly get to the park, Harrison told the TV station.

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