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Residents angry about MLK day shooting

Five people were shot on Martin Luther King Boulevard Monday, just about 30 minutes after an MLK Day parade passed by the street. Police say it was a drive-by shooting, and they're hoping surveillance video will help capture whoever committed this crime.

Police say the victims were standing outside the Central City Market on MLK Boulevard when someone in a white late-model two-door sedan drove up and opened fire.

NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas says, "There was a rapid succession, which would let you believe it might be some sort of a weapon, a rifle of some sort."

Serpas says ballistics tests are still ongoing to determine what the weapon was, but surveillance video captured the shooter firing out of a vehicle.

Just about 30 minutes before the shooting, the street was packed with people parading to celebrate the King holiday.  Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Chief Serpas and Archbishop Gregory Aymond were among the hundreds who walked in the parade.

Nequina Lee's daughter also marched in the parade.  She explains, "We were on our way home from the parade and they said they had a fight around here earlier, so I was kind of scared because I figured something was going take place and we were sitting inside and we heard the shots."

Lee and other nearby residents say the significance of the shooting happening on MLK Boulevard, on this day, is not lost on them. "For them to come around here and do something like this on this day, it's like every year something like this happens on this particular day. So to me, I think it's sad. Enough is enough and it needs to stop," Lee said.

Sister Mary Lou Specha commented, "On a day when just a couple hours ago the streets were lined up with people excited, and I marched this morning… it's really kind of unbelievable."

Chief Serpas says this violence is senseless. "So many young men in America are angry and bitter and here in New Orleans is no exception, and they use violence as a way to settle disputes as opposed to peace.  So anytime we have an act of violence like this on Martin Luther King day, it's really even a bit more sad," Serpas explained.

The five people shot are all young men, 17 or 18 years old, and none of them have life-threatening wounds.

Serpas says he's hoping someone in the community will step up and help police find the person responsible. 

If you have any information on this crime, please call NOPD or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.

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