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Community responds to second line parade shooting

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Councilwoman Susan Guidry and others listen as a member of the Original Big 7 addresses the rally. Councilwoman Susan Guidry and others listen as a member of the Original Big 7 addresses the rally.

New Orleans, La. - At the corner of Frenchman and N. Villere in the 7th Ward, witnesses describe the Mother's Day second line shooting as the most defiant act of violence.

Just 24 hours later, it was a completely different scene.

Instead of running from bullets, hundreds of residents gathered in solidarity for what the city calls a community response.

"We all came out here to basically reclaim the spot and to say what happened yesterday on this spot does not reflect who the people of New Orleans really are," says Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

19 people, including two 10-year-old  children, were wounded.

With so many witnesses, there's a desperate plea for someone to come forward.

A social club called The Original Big 7 organized the Mother's Day event, and many have said the second line had nothing to do with the mass shooting that occurred.

Members of the group had a message for the shooter, saying they refuse to let violence stand in the way of their cultural event.

"We really need to do one thing. The Big 7 is trying to repeat this thing because we are not going to let the streets beat us, " says Arthur Buckner.

They vowed to never give up their culture to the criminal element that plaques the city.

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