NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Three arrests have been made following a Monday afternoon shooting in Mid-City.
Two people were shot around 12:45 p.m. Monday in the 2000 block of Conti Street, New Orleans police say. Both suffered non-life threatening injuries.
Following the shooting, police say one of the victims was in an SUV traveling to the hospital when it crashed into a vehicle near Canal Street and Claiborne Avenue. The passenger of the car, a doctor, suffered minor back injuries but is expected to be okay.
New Orleans police arrested three people following the shooting. An AK-47 was also recovered from the scene.
Police believe that the shooting victims were involved in a shootout with the three arrested suspects, according to our partners at Nola.com/The Times Picayune.
Some residents heard the shots and described it as rapid fire in the heart of the city.
"It was frightening man, you know, this close on Canal Street. I could see if it was in the hood somewhere, but here, all the police and traffic, somebody could have gotten shot - anybody, a bystander, anybody could have got shot," Sylvester Marshall, who was at meeting nearby, said.
Police were able to quickly respond to the shooting because of increased patrols in the area. However, officers warn that even with increased police activity, every crime can't be curbed.
"To stop an individual from wanting to harm another individual, that's nearly impossible to get into their minds at the time, but we will continue to patrol these areas and saturate these areas, so we can make these apprehensions, and possibly prevent them from happening," Cmdr. Sandifer said.
The incident is still under investigation. The three arrested suspects have not yet been identified.