NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - New Orleans police are investigating a shooting that left 17 people injured. The incident occurred Sunday at 6:15 p.m. in the 1900 block of Gallier Street.
According to investigators, several hundred people were at Bunny Friend Playground for a block party, which included an impromptu music video filming, when two groups of people began firing at each other. Officers, who were already en route to break up the crowd, heard the gunfire and quickly responded to the scene.
Police say that the suspects left the scene following the shooting.
EMS transported 10 victims to area hospitals for treatment. Detectives later learned that an additional six victims were brought to hospitals via private conveyance. Police say that all 17 victims were either directly shot or suffered a graze wound, and all are listed in stable condition.
Originally, the NOPD said only 16 people were injured in the violence.
Not much is known about the victims, but at least two were 14-year-old girls. One was shot three times in the leg. The other one was shot one in the knee and five times in her backside, according to the Associated Press.
At the end of the day it's really hard to police against a bunch of guys who decide to pull out guns and settle their disputes with 300 people in between them. That's just not something you can tolerate in the city," Landrieu said.
As of Monday afternoon, University Medical Center said 8 victims were treated and released. They say 4 remain, 3 in critical condition.
Tulane Medical center took in 3 victims. All were treated and released.
The New Orleans police has scheduled a 2 pm news conference to give an update on the shooting, and the search for suspects.
Landrieu hopes witness come forward to help solve the crime.
Detectives are working their way through the neighborhood looking for any surveillance footage that could help with the investigation. If you have any information that could help police with this case, you are asked to call NOPD Fifth District detectives at 504-658-6050 or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.
According to police, the block party was not permitted.