Shots fired during an informal Mother’s Day afternoon parade in New Orleans injured 19 people, two of them children, police said Sunday.
The wounded included 10 men and seven women as well as a boy and a girl, both 10.
Remi Braden, director of public affairs for the New Orleans Police Department, said there were no fatalities and “most of the wounds are not life-threatening.”
The shots were fired at 1:47 p.m. in the area of North Villere and Frenchmen streets during what is locally referred to as “a second-line parade,” Braden said.
Both children were reported in good condition with graze wounds to the body, police said, and two of the adults were in surgery. Police said many of the victims suffered graze wounds, in some cases by ricocheted bullets.
“At this point, there are no fatalities, and most of the wounds are not life threatening,” police spokesman Garry Flot said.
The Times-Picayune newspaper said there were about 200 people at the event when gunfire erupted.
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