UPDATE: One dead, nine shot on Bourbon Street during Bayou Classic Weekend in New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS, La. – Police say one man is dead and nine others injured following a shooting in the French Quarter.
Police Superintendent Michael Harrison said during a news conference that officers responded about 1:30 a.m. Sunday to the shooting at the intersection of Iberville and Bourbon streets. Harrison said an argument between two men on Bourbon Street escalated into a shootout. Authorities are searching for the two men, who are believed to be from outside of New Orleans.
According to authorities, the shooting victims whose ages ranged from 20 to 37 included two females and eight males. Five have been released from hospitals and the four who remain hospitalized are expected to make a full recovery, Harrison said.
One male victim died at a hospital.
The deceased was identified as 25-year-old Demontris Toliver of Lafayette, Louisiana, a man with a “promising life,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu said Sunday.
“We don’t believe any of those shot were the intended targets,” Harrison said.
The shooting took place during Bayou Classic Weekend, four days of festivities that include a Thanksgiving parade, a Saturday college football game between Grambling State and Southern University and a Saints game on Sunday. Harrison said the shooting happened despite an increased police presence for the Bayou Classic football game Saturday night between Southern and Grambling universities.
About 40 police stationed in the neighborhood for Bayou Classic special events responded to the call on foot and horseback.
Police have “strong information” leading to the suspects’ identities, Harrison said without providing names.
“This is an active, fast-moving investigation,” he said. “We will pursue every lead.”