New Orleans, La. - Four people remain in the hospital following last Sunday's shooting spree that left 20 people injured during a Mother's Day street parade.
All four are at LSU Interim Hospital. One is in the intensive care unit, listed in critical condition. The other 3 are in the hospital's general patient population and are in stable condition. LSU Spokesman Marvin McGraw says those three are continuing to improve.
One patient, who was being treated at Tulane Hospital, was released on Friday. In all, there were 11 people brought in to LSU Interim Hospital, three to Tulane.
Meanwhile, a community blood drive is planned for next week to help victims who are still being treated. The New Orleans Musicians' Clinic (NOMC), with support from the City of New Orleans and The Blood Center, will sponsor a Replacement Blood Drive on May 22nd from 3-9pm at 619 Frenchmen Street. The event is being held at the Frenchmen Street Art Market.
Organizers say the goal is to collect 50 pints of replacement blood for the victims of the Mothers' Day second line shooting. Organizing partners ask that community members and advocates of New Orleans music culture come out to donate blood and make a statement about community resilience and positive response.
St. Anna's Episcopal Church will also be hosting a special Mass on Wednesday May 22 from 6-7p.m. This will be a Jazz Mass celebrating life and decrying violence. Time will be set aside for those who wish to offer special prayers against violence or to simply talk about their trauma.