Ten people were shot in the French Quarter in New Orleans early Sunday morning, authorities have confirmed. Nine of the victims were injured and one is dead, according to a statement by NOPD Supt. Michael Harrison.
The victims range in ages between 20 and 37, and eight are male and two are female. One of the male victims died from his injuries at the hospital.
Harrison told reporters Sunday that two males — one of whom was a victim — were arrested at the scene for illegal possession of firearms. Their names have not been publicly released.
“This is not something that should’ve happened,” Harrison said in the statement, which was captured on video.
Harrison also added that there were over thirty police officers on the scene in preparation for the Bayou Classic, an annual college football game between Grambling State University and Southern University. The location of the shooting is a popular nightlife and tourist area and would usually be crowded on a Saturday night.
Shortly after congratulating the Grambling State Tigers on their win, Mayor Mitch Landrieu took to Twitter to share his thoughts on the shooting.
“Tonight’s shooting was unacceptable. Police and EMS were on scene and responded fast. We will pursue this investigation aggressively,” he wrote.
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Along with the two firearm possession arrests, Harrison said 11 other arrests had been made in the last 48 hours for illegal carrying.
Homicide Detective Barrett Morton is in charge of this ongoing investigation and can be reached at 504-658-5300. Those with information are also encouraged to call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 1-877-903-STOP.