Latest on Lousiana French Quarter shooting, authorities looking for suspects

Latest on Lousiana French Quarter shooting, authorities looking for suspects

New Orleans' popular Bayou Classic Weekend ended in bloodshed early Sunday morning, when ten people were shot, one fatally, in the city's historic French Quarter, police say.

The victims range in ages between 20 and 37, and eight are male and two are female.

Harrison said police do not yet know why the shooting started, but said that two men were arrested on firearms charges.

Harrison also added that there were over thirty police officers on the scene in preparation for the Bayou Classic, an annual college football game between Grambling State University and Southern University.

Officers patrolling nearby rushed to the intersection of Iberville and Bourbon streets after shots were fired about 1.30am yesterday. One of the shooters, 22-year-old Trung Le, was sentenced to 60 years in that case. New Orleans is best known for endless parties, Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest, plus some of the greatest food served at a variety of restaurants, says the Inquisitr.

"We will go to the ends of the earth to make sure that we bring them to justice", Landrieu said.

State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson called the shooting horrific but said "an vast police presence" was in the area when it occurred.

Of those 10 victims, five have been released from the hospital, four are still getting care and are expected to survive. According to the city of New Orleans, Torres initially funded the officers and vehicles in the 2015 private-public partnership with the city.

Harrison said he was extremely disappointed that police had made eight arrests relating to firearm possession. Amy Matthews, an Australian tourist and then-21-year-old bystander who suffered extensive injuries after being shot told Times-Picayune reporter Ken Daley that this latest incident "highlights [the United States'] national issue with gun laws". However, none of them was considered a suspect in the mass shooting. "The violence continues to spin out of control with people brandishing weapons whenever they think they can".

Landrieu described Toliver's killing as "a tragic death for what would otherwise have been a very promising life".