Second-line club denies link to New Orleans playground shooting

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

NEW ORLEANS — Authorities are still trying to determine what touched off a shootout between two groups of gunmen that wounded 17 people in a crowded New Orleans park, a police spokesman said Monday. No one was killed in the shooting – 16 people were wounded – when the two groups opened fire on each other in a crowd of hundreds gathered in a park for a block party and music video shoot. The mayor called on witnesses to come forward, but by late Monday morning nobody had offered either video of the shootout or descriptions or IDs of the gunmen, officer Frank Robertson said. New Orleans police have responded quickly using many of the same strategies they have employed to oversee almost four consecutive years of a decline in murders in the city.

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. The strategy aims to reduce homicides through a multi-pronged approach, including hot-spot and community policing, as well as violence prevention and economic development programs. 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. 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. 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.

Police spokesman Tyler Gamble said all the victims were listed in stable condition and suffered either direct gunshot wounds or were grazed by bullets. 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. Cain is wanted for attempted first-degree murder, second-degree kidnapping and armed robbery, and Tulane University is offering a $10,000 for any information leading to the arrest and indictment of the man who shot Gold, the New York Times reported.

New Orleans’ success comes as a number of cities, including Baltimore, Milwaukee, and Chicago, have seen spikes in violent crime this year after years of declines. Political opponents have criticised Mr Landrieu for allowing the police force to fall below 1,200 when officials say it should be around 1,600-strong.

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