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Show of solidarity for wounded officer

New Orleans, La. - It was a procession to show support for a fellow officer who was shot in the line of duty.

"We just have a dangerous job and this is just a constant reminder of how dangerous of a job it is for law enforcement in this city and around the country," says NOPD Commander Chris Goodly.

Officer John Passaro was responding to a report of a robbery at the Dollar General on Poland Avenue February 23rd, when the gunman, inside of the store, ambushed him.

Passaro was shot twice and the gunman got away.

"We can't have individuals shooting our officers. It won't be tolerated," says Rev. Aubrey Wallace.

In a show of force against the violence, 5th district officers were led by their Commander as ministers, other members of law enforcement, the city's Homeland Security Chief, Councilman James Gray and D.A. Leon Cannizzaro walked the streets together.

"Unfortunately terrible things happen too often in this community. The community needs to come together to decide we need to stop all the murders in this city," says Councilman James Gray.

There's now a $30,000 reward for the gunman in this case and a plea for someone to come forward with information.

"Somebody knows something and I can assure you that you will be protected," says Rev. Wallace.

Their walk ended in the parking lot of the Dollar General where Officer Passaro was wounded.

Officer Passaro is said to be in good spirits, but we're told he has a long tough road ahead of him.

As police try to track down the gunman, they're also getting help now from the F.B.I.

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