Published on Dec 02, 2019
New Orleans police are investigating a mass shooting along Canal Street.
Surveillance video obtained shows crowds fleeing after shots were fired.
According to NOPD, 10 people were struck by gunfire in the 700 block of Canal Street just before 3:30 a.m. Sunday.
Superintendent Shaun Ferguson says officers were on the block when the shooting happened. No officers were reported injured.
A person was detained near the scene, however police say their involvement in this incident remains under investigation.
No arrests have been made.
During a 5 a.m. press conference, Ferguson said two of the 11 victims were in critical condition. No further details are available as to their respective statuses at this time.
Louisiana State Police and federal officers are assisting NOPD in response and investigation.
New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell issued a statement regarding the Canal Street shooting:
"When people resort to gun violence to resolve problems, it never creates solutions — only innocent victims and trauma.
The shootings on Canal Street early this morning were an ugly disruption of an otherwise beautiful holiday weekend. We will do everything we can to wrap the victims and their families in our love and support, and to bring the criminals responsible to justice.
The City of New Orleans will not allow incidents like this to derail the progress we have made, or to further disrupt our community.
I applaud our public safety team for their instant and efficient response — particularly our NOPD officers who were on the scene within seconds. This tragedy will not define us, and it will not deter us from moving our City forward and keeping our people safe."
Investigators are currently in the process of gathering evidence and information to identify the person(s) responsible in this incident, as well as a motive.