17 wounded in New Orleans shooting

17 wounded in New Orleans shooting

Gunmen opened fire on dozens of people marching in a Mother’s Day parade in New Orleans on Sunday, wounding at least 17 people, police said.

A 10-year-old girl was grazed in the shooting around 2 p.m. She was in the hospital resting in good condition. Three others were in surgery. 

Officers were interspersed with the marchers, which is routine for such events.  400 people joined in the procession that stretched for about 3 blocks.

Police saw three suspects running from the scene in the city’s 7th Ward neighborhood. No arrests had been made as of late afternoon.

Second-line parades are loose processions in which people dance down the street, often following behind a brass band. They can be impromptu or planned and are sometimes described as moving block parties.

Today’s event was organized by a social club called the Original Big 7. The group was founded in 1996 at the Saint Bernard housing projects, according to its MySpace page.

The neighborhood where the shooting happened was a mix of low-income and middle-class row houses, some boarded up.

In the late afternoon, the scene was taped off and police had placed bullet casing markers in at least 10 spots.

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