Second line parades are a staple of any festivity in New Orleans with people welcome to join the conga line of dancing musicians as they make their way down the street. On Sunday, one of these jubilees was cut short after several shots rang out on revelers.
Some 300 people were present on Frenchmen Street in the 7th Ward for a Mother’s Day second line when several gunshots sprayed the crowd. Twelve people were shot, including a 10-year-old girl who was grazed by a bullet, according to the Times-Picayune. At press time, none of the gunshot wounds had been reported as fatal, but up to four people were in emergency surgery for their wounds. People were also injured in the mayhem that followed.
The shots rang out at about 2PM in the afternoon on Sunday. The motive is still unknown, but police are searching for three suspects seen fleeing the scene of the crime.
NOLA police also ask that people submit any photos taken at the parade, in hopes of catching the culprits in the same vein as the Boston bombing suspects.