Mass shooting in New Orleans leaves 16 injured
New Orleans police say 16 people were wounded when two groups of people opened fire on each other as hundreds of people were gathered at a playground for an impromptu music video shoot. In a statement, the New Orleans police said witnesses told police that both groups involved in the shooting ran off immediately after the gunfire.
Police were already on their way to the Bunny Friend Playground to break up the crowd after learning that a crowd had gathered there.
Ten people were taken to hospitals by ambulance, while six others were later learned to have arrived on their own, police said. The severity of their injuries wasn’t reported.
Chris Goodly, 5th District commander for the New Orleans police, told reporters that at least three of the victims were found inside Bunny Friend Park in the city’s 9th Ward, where more than 200 people had gathered.
Police said multiple units were assisting with a parade about a block away when they learned of the video session and were already on their way to the park when the shooting began about 6:15 p.m. (7:15 p.m. ET). Both of the groups that opened fire escaped on foot, police said.