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19 Shot At New Orleans Mother's Day Parade

9:01 PM, May 12, 2013   |    comments
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NEW ORLEANS -- The FBI says that the shootings of 19 people at a neighborhood Mother's Day parade in New Orleans appear to be street violence, and not terrorism-related.

FBI spokeswoman Mary Beth Romig said federal investigators have no indication that the shooting was an act of terrorism.

She says: "It's strictly an act of street violence in New Orleans."

New Orleans police say that gunmen opened fire as dozens of people marched in a Mother's Day second-line parade in New Orleans on Sunday, wounding at least 12 people, police said.

Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas told reporters that a 10-year-old girl grazed by a bullet was among those wounded in the shooting. She was in good condition. He said three or four people were in surgery but their conditions weren't known. No deaths were reported.

Serpas said that the procession had been accompanied by officers, who saw two or three suspects run from the scene.

The Times-Picayune reports there were about 200 people at the event when gunfire erupted.

Nobody has been arrested. It's unclear what sparked the gunfire.

The violence occurred at what's known as a second-line parade - a loose procession in which people dance down the street, often following behind a brass band. They can be impromptu or planned and are sometimes described as moving block parties.

 

USA TODAY

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