NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE/Gray News) - Eleven people were shot on Canal Street early Sunday morning leaving two in critical condition, according to NOPD Chief Shaun Ferguson.
Eleven people were shot early Sunday morning (Dec. 1) in the 700 block of Canal Street leaving two victims in critical condition. (Source: Rilwan Balogun)
Authorities say the shooting occurred in the 700 block of Canal St. around 3:25 a.m.
Five victims were taken to University Medical Center and the other five were taken to Tulane Medical Center. One victim was taken to the hospital privately.
At least one victim was shot in the chest and another was shot to the torso. The conditions of the other victims were not known.
Ferguson said officers were in the 700 block of Canal Street when they heard the shots and believed they were being fired upon.
One person was detained, but it is not clear what that person’s involvement is.
Detectives are in the process of speaking to witnesses and working to obtain surveillance video.
The shooting comes on a busy weekend with thousands of people in town for the Bayou Classic.
Louisiana State Police and federal officers are assisting NOPD in response and investigation.
Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer released a statement saying, “This is a terrible event on a weekend meant to celebrate the traditions of two wonderful Louisiana Institutions. I hope for a speedy recovery for the victims and will work closely with the administration to provide any support necessary to them and their families. I also commend the officers who responded immediately to the scene and call on anyone with information on the event or perpetrators come forward immediately to assist in the investigation. Our city and police department have made unprecedented strides in combating violent crime, and holding these individual(s) accountable is critical to continuing that progress.”
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