Sixteen people were injured when shooting erupted in a New Orleans park Sunday during a party where a music video was being filmed.
It was not immediately clear what caused the shooting. No reports of any fatalities have been reported, according to New Orleans Police Department spokesman, Tyler Gamble. He added that it “was still too soon to say” whether the shooting occurred as a result of gang activity. “We know, by speaking with some of the victims, that there were two groups of people shooting at each other,” Gamble added.
According to USA Today, the incident occurred at Bunny Friend Park in the Upper Ninth Ward. New Orleans Police Superintendent, Michael Harrison, said that as many as 500 people had come together at the venue to film a music video. This was followed by a second line parade by the Nine Times Social & Pleasure Club. Mayor, Mitch Landrieu, said the parade took place earlier a couple of blocks from the shooting site.
Witnesses reported that at least two gunmen opened fire. Ten of the victims were transported to the University Medical Center. According to New Orleans Police Commander, Chris Goodley, the gathering of people was “orderly” following the shooting. “But we were trying to preserve the crime scene as best as we could and tend to the victims,” he added in a video clip posted by the New Orleans Times-Picayune website.
Reuters reports that three witnesses reported seeing a man with a silver colored machine gun. They heard more gunshots from the crowd as the alleged suspect ran away. The scene of the shooting was cordoned off by the police. Ambulances arrived at the site.
According to FrenchQuarter.com, second line parades have been “the descendants of the New Orleans’ famous jazz funerals and, apart from a casket, mourners and a cemetery visit, they carry many of the same traditions with them as they march down the streets.” The website says that dozens of second line parades have been slated to be held throughout the city this year.
The city’s murder rate this year stands at 138, NOLA.com reported.