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UPDATE: FBI says parade shooting was street violence, not terrorism


NEW ORLEANS (WKOW) -- FBI investigators say there is no indication the shooting at a Mother's Day parade was an act of terrorism.

ABC News reports Mary Beth Romig, a spokesperson with the FBI in New Orleans, described the shooting as "strictly an act of street violence in New Orleans."

"It appears that these two or three people just for a reason unknown to us started shooting at towards or in the crowd," Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas said. "It was over in just a couple seconds."

New Orleans police are searching for three suspects who were seen running from the scene after the shooting at the Original Big 7 Second Line parade, shortly before 2 p.m. on Sunday.

At least 19 people were wounded, including a 10-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl.

Authorities say the two children were only grazed with bullets and are in good condition. A man and a woman did have to have surgery for their injuries.

Police say many of the victims were grazed, and no one was killed. Most of the wounds were not life-threatening.

At a news conference outside one of the hospitals where victims were being treated, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu asked the public for help finding the shooters.

"These kinds of incidents will not go unanswered. Somebody knows something," he said. "The way to stop this violence is for you all to help."

Though police said they were not sure whether certain individuals were targeted or whether it was a random shooting, officials said they are confident the suspects will be caught.


NEW ORLEANS (WKOW) -- Police say two of the 18 people shot in New Orleans during a neighborhood Mother's Day parade were children.

A news release reports the wounded included 10 men, six women, a boy and a girl. The children are both 10 years old.

Police say two people had to undergo surgery Sunday. Many of the victims were grazed and most of the wounds were not life-threatening.

The shooting happened just before 2 p.m. Sunday during a second-line parade organized by the social club called The Original Big 7.


NEW ORLEANS, LA (WKOW) -- New Orleans police say at least 17 people were shot during a Mother's Day parade Sunday.

Police spokeswoman Remi Braden says that many of the victims were grazed and most of the wounds were not life-threatening. No deaths have been reported.

The incident happened at around 2:00 p.m. The Times-Picayune reports there were about 200 people at the event when gunfire erupted.

The FBI says the shootings appear to be the result of street violence, and not terrorism-related,

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