Police investigate New Orleans shooting that wounded 17

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Gun battle in crowded New Orleans park leaves 16 people wounded.

Hundreds of people were gathered for a block party and a music video at the Bunny Friend Playground when a disagreement between two groups sparked a shooting spree. NEW ORLEANS — 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. Circumstances surrounding the shooting in the city’s Upper Ninth Ward were not immediately clear, but witnesses said that those involved in the gun battle had fled the park on foot immediately after the shooting. New Orleans Police Department spokesman Tyler Gamble told Reuters no fatalities were reported and that it was “too soon to say” whether the shootings were gang related. Mr Gamble said each of the 16 victims suffered either a “direct gunshot wound” or a “graze wound” and all were listed in stable condition, though the full extent of their injuries was still to be ascertained.

Police have also asked people with 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 Times-Picayune newspaper reports that multiple witnesses saw a man with a silver machine gun fleeing the scene but noted that the shooting continued as the man ran away. 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,” the mayor said.

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. Outside University Medical Center, Kawandra Hayney said she had been driving two or three blocks from the playground with her daughter when people ran by shooting.

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. While reduced numbers of simple robberies and assaults were big enough to create a 4 percent drop in overall violent crime, the numbers of murders, rapes and armed robberies all were up from the previous year.

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