Video of a parade shooting in New Orleans has been released. The footage, from a surveillance camera, one man standing at the outskirts of a packed parade route. But then he charges toward them.
Officials believe the man, who ran the other way after shots were fired, is a suspect in the case that injured 19 people and sparked worries that no one will come forward, despite the number of witnesses.
The images show the panicked crowd looking for cover while the man runs the other way, leaving bicycles and bodies behind him. Sunday’s parade shooting was the third time guns were fired into a crowd during a holiday in New Orleans this year.
A Martin Luther King Day parade on January 21 was interrupted by a shooting, which injured five people. Four more were hurt in an attack during Mardi Gras in February.
Authorities are worried that witnesses won’t come forward for the parade shooting, because of years of corruption and a mistrust of police officers. But despite this, authorities still vowed to catch the shooters. Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas stated on Monday:
“There were dozens of people in yesterday’s second-line [parade]. We know that there’s still some of you who know information so please reconsider and let us know.”
Police have also said that there were three gunmen involved in Sunday’s parade shooting, though it wasn’t clear if they had all three on surveillance tape. At least two different weapons were used in the incident. The surveillance photo showed a man in a white t-shirt and dark pants. Authorities released the tape hoping that someone will recognize the suspect and come forward.
Of the 19 victims, seven have already been discharged from Interim LSU Public Hospital. The two children, a boy and a girl, are in good condition with graze wounds from the bullets. Three of the victims at Interim remained in critical condition.
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