New Orleans shooting: At least 11 people shot in famous French Quarter tourist hotspot


ELEVEN people have been injured in a shooting in the French Quarter of New Orleans.

Two people are in a critical condition following the shooting on Canal Street in the early hours of Sunday. One person has been detained but no arrests have been made, police said.

New Orleans Police Department tweeted: “#NOPD is investigating a shooting in the 700 block of Canal Street. Initial reports showing multiple victims. A suspect has been apprehended near the scene. No further details at this time.”

In a later tweet, they added: “An individual was detained near the scene. However, their possible involvement in this incident remains under investigation. No arrests have been made at this time. Investigation remains ongoing. #NOPDAlert.”

The victims have been taken to hospital.

A witness told The New Orleans Advocate/The Times-Picayune: “I heard pops. It was so many, I couldn’t keep count.”

Another witness said: “I heard three rounds, and people started running.”

Video footage shared on social media shows police vehicles cordoning off the area.

The shooting comes on the weekend of the Bayou Classic football game between Grambling State and Southern University.

The football game takes place every year on Thanksgiving weekend.

In 2016, one man was killed and nine people were injured in a shooting on Bourbon Street in New Orleans on the same weekend.


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