NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans police say 11 people were wounded in a shooting early Sunday on the edge of the city’s famed French Quarter.
A police news release said two people were in critical condition. No arrests were announced by midday Sunday.
Police Supt. Shaun Ferguson told The New Orleans Advocate/The Times-Picayune that a person of interest has been detained, but it was not immediately clear whether the person had any connection to the shooting.
Police said 10 people were taken to two hospitals and another walked in. Further details haven’t been released.
The shooting happened about 3:20 a.m. on a busy commercial block of Canal Street that has streetcar tracks and is near many hotels.
Ferguson said police quickly responded to the scene as patrols were heightened for this weekend’s Bayou Classic, the annual Thanksgiving weekend rivalry football game between Grambling State and Southern University at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Kenneth Culbreth told The New Orleans Advocate/The Times-Picayune that he had gone into a CVS pharmacy in the early morning hours to make a quick purchase. Moments later, he walked out to a crime scene.
“On my way out of the CVS, I heard pops," Culbreth said. "It was so many, I couldn’t keep count.”
Culbreth spent the rest of the morning watching the scene, with law enforcement and several emergency vehicles moving in and out at a rapid pace.