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Posted: Sunday, 12 May 2013 5:41PM

Update: 19 shot at New Orleans 2nd-line parade

The New Orleans Police Departyment now says 19 people were hit by gunfire during a second-line parade in the 7th Ward.

The following (in bold) is the full news release from the NOPD on the shooting:

Today at approximately 1:47 P.M., 10 adult males, 7 adult females, a 10-year-old male and a 10-year-old female were struck by gunfire during a Second Line Parade.  The 10-year-old victims had graze wounds to the body and are in good condition and a male and female are in surgery at this time.   Many of the victims were grazed (some by bullets that ricocheted). At this point, there are no fatalities, and most of the wounds are not life-threatening. Medical conditions are not known at this time.         

Today at about 1:00pm, at Elysain Fields and North Roman the Original Big 7 Second Line started with a full contingent of Police Officers.  The Parade was about 2 blocks long and went down Elysian Fields and turned on North Villere Street.   When the end of the Parade reached North Villere and Frenchmen at about 1:47 p.m., shots were fired with different guns.  Immediately after the shooting our officers saw three suspects running from the scene.  One suspect was seen running on Frenchmen towards North Claiborne then unknown.  That suspect was described as an African-American male approximately 18 to 22 years-old wearing a white T shirt and blue jean shorts.

Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas told reporters that a 10-year-old girl was grazed in the shooting around 2 p.m. She was in good condition. He said three or four people were in surgery, but he didn't have their conditions.

Officers were interspersed with the marchers, which is routine for such events. As many as 400 people joined in the procession that stretched for about 3 blocks, though only half that many were in the immediate vicinity of the shooting, Serpas said.

Police saw three suspects running from the scene in the city's 7th Ward neighborhood. No arrests had been made as of late afternoon.

Second-line parades are loose processions 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.

A social club called The Original Big 7 organized Sunday's event. The group was founded in 1996 at the Saint Bernard housing projects, according to its MySpace page.

The neighborhood where the shooting happened was a mix of low-income and middle-class row houses, some boarded up. As of last year, the neighborhood's population was about 60 percent of its pre-Hurricane Katrina level.

Police vowed to make swift arrests.

"We'll get them. We have good resources in this neighborhood," Serpas said.

Photo credit:  WWLTV.com

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