10 people have been shot in New Orleans giving two in critical condition early Sunday morning.
The shooting occurred between 3:20 a.m. to 3:25 a.m. in the 700 blocks of Canal Street in New Orleans, according to New Orleans Police.
Officers who were then in place for the Bayou Classic football game returned immediately to the shooting after initially deeming they were being fired upon.
The sufferers were taken to local range hospitals with five moving to University Hospital and the other five going to Tulane Hospital. The last victim was a walk-in patient. The two people who are in dangerous condition suffered a gunshot injury to the chest and a gunshot injury to the torso, respectively.
New Orleans Police verify that they were within feet of the shooting but there were so many people nearby that it was hard to discover who was firing shots.
A person of interest has been arrested but it is unclear if that person had any engagement with the shooting. At this time there is no proof to suggest the shooting was terror-related.
Officials are actively investigating the shooting and are collecting witness statements and CCTV footage.
“When people resort to gun violence to resolve problems, it never creates solutions — only innocent victims and trauma,” New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said in a report. “The City of New Orleans will not allow incidents like this to derail the progress we have made, or to further disrupt our community.”
The victim’s identifications, ages, and genders have not yet been revealed and New Orleans Police say that it is not perceived how or why the shooting started. No officers were wounded in the shooting.