NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Police investigate a shooting near the Bunny Friend Park that happened during a second line event.
Investigators say a homeowner in the 1800 block of Desire Street saw a group of people in his side yard and decided to ask them to leave.
"He resented that they were on the side of his house. He confronted them and the conversation turned to gunfire. We're unsure how many shots were fired, but we have one victim in the hospital, the homeowner," NOPD Commander Frank Young said.
Police say the man was shot in the stomach and grazed in the leg, but the shooter got away.
The gunfire sent crowds, who were enjoying the traditional Sunday second-line, scattering.
"It did occur during a second line and of course this being the anniversary of the mass shooting we had last year, we've taken extra precaution to put a lot more police officers on the street today," Commander Young said.
The Bunny Friend mass shooting, that left 17 people injured, happened during the same time frame last year. It's why the NOPD had 27 officers, including 10 HANO officers, staffing the event.
"When I heard the call come out on the radio, it was a little unnerving," Commander Young said. "My assistant commander was 50 yards away from this when the shots rang out, it wasn't an issue of shortage of manpower and also unlike last year, this wasn't gang related."
Commander Young said his officers were prepared and responded immediately and despite their best efforts it's unlikely this shooting could have been prevented.
"[It was] relatively unavoidable if someone is going to make a bad decision and they did and the police were standing 50-yards away," Commander Young said.
Police have not made any arrests. If you have information that can help contact Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.