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19 Wounded in New Orleans Mother’s Day Parade Shooting; Suspect Caught on Video

Nineteen people, including two young children, were wounded on Sunday when multiple gunmen fired on a crowd gathered for a Mother’s Day parade in New Orleans.

As many as 400 people were gathered for the second-line parade on Frenchmen Street in the city’s 7th Ward when shots rang out at around 1:45 p.m.

“Everybody was having fun for Mother’s Day, and next thing you know when they got right there to the stop sign, pow pow, everybody went to running,” neighborhood resident Lisa Garner told WWLTV.

“I just opened my door today and two guys collapsed right there on my steps and me and my daughter did the best thing we can to revive them and I think we saved another life today,” added Bernadette Tyler, who lives just down the street from Garner and who lost a son to gun violence 15 years ago.

“They just was saying they was hit and they was hurting, I just kept saying, ‘We’re going to keep you, we’re going to revive you from all of this,’” Tyler said .

The New Orleans Police Department reported 10 adult men, seven adult women, a 10-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl among the injured. The two children were grazed by bullets and were listed in good condition. Two people– a man and a woman– underwent surgery on Sunday evening and were among three people listed in critical condition as of Monday, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Many of the victims were grazed or struck by ricocheting bullets, NOPD spokeswoman Remi Braden said.

“At this point, there are no fatalities, and most of the wounds are not life-threatening,” Braden told reporters on Monday.

Shannon Roberts, 32, was among many people gathered at the Interim LSU Hospital in New Orleans on Sunday afternoon, where a hectic throng of family and friends of those injured in the shooting waited to hear news of their loved ones. Robert’s 21-year-old nephew was shot in the arm and stomach, her 37-year-old niece was shot in the arm, and a 39-year-old cousin was struck in the back.

“All innocent bystanders got hit,” Roberts told the Times-Picayune. “When I got the call saying they were shot, I wasn’t thinking at all, I was just shivering and crying… just hoping they be all right.”

“The city needs to stop the violence. It’s hurting our families,” Roberts continued.

“Mothers should not have to be crying any day no less Mother Day,” she added.

NOPD said that three suspects were seen fleeing the site of the shooting. One suspected shooter was seen running on Frenchman toward North Claiborne. On Monday, NOPD released choppy video surveillance footage of what appears to be one of the suspects shooting into the crowd and then fleeing.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu vowed to bring whoever is responsible for the “very tragic” shooting to justice.

“Unfortunately … the specialness of the day doesn’t seem to interrupt the relentless drumbeat of violence that I’ve talked about so much on the streets of New Orleans,” Landrieu told reporters on Sunday evening. “It’s a shame and its got to stop.”

“These kinds of incidents are not going to go unanswered,” the mayor added. “We’re going to be very, very aggressive. There were hundreds of people out there today. So somebody knows who did this and the way we’re going to stop the violence together in this city is everybody come together. We really need help. … We will find them.”

Crimestoppers if offering a $5,000 reward for information about the shooting. The US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) is also offering a $5,000 reward. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Crimestoppers at 504.822.1111.

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