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UPDATE: Mardi Gras marred as 3 killed, 5 wounded in New Orleans

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UPDATE (AP) -- A festive close to Mardi Gras was marred by shootings across New Orleans that left three people dead and five others wounded.

The first two shootings happened in the afternoon, when fights broke out near the traditional parade route.

Police clarified Wednesday that two teenage boys were wounded in one of the parade route shootings. Gunfire struck one boy in the "head area" and the other had a leg wound, police said in a news release.

A man appeared to have been shot twice during a separate fight, and died after being rushed to the hospital, Police Chief Michael Harrison said. Police named Eddie Dingle, 21, as a suspect and said investigators obtained a warrant for his arrest on a second-degree murder charge.

The third shooting began as people celebrated Tuesday night at a house party in the Lower 9th Ward, about two miles from the parade route. Witnesses described a fusillade of bullets.

Police spokeswoman Ambria Washington said multiple suspects opened fire on a car with five people inside. The gunfire shattered its windows, flattened its front tires and left more than a dozen bullet holes in the driver's door.

The driver managed to drive to a nearby gas station before two of them died from their wounds. Arriving officers strung up police tape to keep crowds away. At that scene and outside the family home of some of the victims a few blocks away, mourners were still wearing festive Mardi Gras shirts and hats.


NEW ORLEANS (WKOW/ABC) -- Three people were fatally shot and several others were injured in three separate shootings in New Orleans on Tuesday amid Mardi Gras festivities, according to the New Orleans Police Department.

The first shooting occurred in the French Quarter and was "steps away from where crowds watched the final Mardi Gras Day parades roll by," according to ABC News New Orleans affiliate WGNO.

Deputy Superintendent Paul Noel told WGNO that one man was shot in the head and is in critical condition, and another man was shot in the leg and is stable. Both were transported by EMS to a local hospital.

According to Noel, a group of 10 or 12 young adults had gotten into an argument before gunshots erupted. Police are still searching for suspects and have released an image of a suspect taken from surveillance footage.

Just over an hour later, a second shooting occurred along the Mardi Gras parade route, resulting in one dead, according to WGNO.

NOPD was not able to provide further details on this shooting, other than that it is being investigated as a homicide.

A third shooting at night resulted in two dead and three injured, according to WGNO. It occurred outside of a gas station convenience store, a few miles from the French Quarter.

"One of the victims died at the scene. A second victim died at the hospital. As of Tuesday night, there was no word on the conditions of the remaining three victims," according to WGNO.

None of the victims' identities have been released.

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