Shooting in New Orleans park leaves many questions for police

New Orleans Shooting At Park Wounds At Least 16 [Breaking]

Information is slowly coming to light about a shooting in New Orleans Sunday evening that wounded at least 10 in a public city park called Bunny Friend Playground. Shots rang out around 6:30 p.m. in the Ninth Ward on Gallier Street.

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Near the playground equipment at the New Orleans park where the shooting took place, evidence markers are visible. (Photo by Cheryl Gerber/Getty Images)

Local ABC affiliate, WGNO, reported that around 500 people had amassed in the New Orleans park in order to record a music video for a currently unknown artist. The gathering itself had not applied for a permit, and police were already en route to break it up.

Witnesses say the shooting took place between two groups who arrived at the park and began shooting at each other. According to CNN, both fled into the city of New Orleans following the confrontation. Police are reviewing surveillance footage in search of more answers. Law enforcement released a few details of what they knew so far, although it has now been confirmed that all of the victims are in stable conditions.

“Witnesses told police that both groups left the park on foot immediately after the shooting… They were about a block away when they heard gunshots.”

Local law enforcement said that 10 of the wounded were taken to the hospital by emergency services, while six arrived at the nearest medical care facility another way. Some New Orleans locals took to Twitter to lament the shooting, and what they see as a continuing problem with violence in the city.

Others defended New Orleans, saying that the city was not the only place where shootings are taking place.

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At least 16 were wounded in a New Orleans shooting when a large group assembled in a local park to shoot a music video. (Photo by Cheryl Gerber/Getty Images)

Despite declining crime overall in New Orleans, the city still holds a murder rate around 4 times that of cities with a comparable population. It’s also higher than of United States centers like New York and Los Angeles, reported NPR. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu commented on the shooting to The Times-Picayune.

“At the end of the day, it’s really hard to police against a bunch of guys who decide to pull out guns to settle something between them. That’s just not something you can tolerate in the city… we hope that the people will give us the information so that the police can do their job.”

Another shooting took place in New Orleans near Tulane University when a medical student died as a result of gunshot wounds he incurred while attempting to stop an armed robbery, reported The New York Times.

Details about the ages and names of the victims in the New Orleans park shooting are expected to come Monday morning, according to local police.