New Orleans police say 11 people were hit in an early morning shooting on the edge of the city’s famed French Quarter, reports the AP. A police release says two people are in critical condition and no arrests have been made, though police Supt. Shaun Ferguson tells the New Orleans Advocate/Times-Picayune that a person of interest has been detained. Police say 10 people were taken to two hospitals and an 11th was a walk-in. Says one witness: “On my way out of the CVS, I heard pops. It was so many, I couldn’t keep count.”
The shooting took place on a busy commercial block of Canal Street that has streetcar tracks and is near many hotels. Ferguson says police quickly responded to the scene as patrols were heightened for this weekend’s Bayou Classic, the annual Thanksgiving weekend rivalry football game between Grambling State and Southern University that’s played at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Times-Picayune notes that gunfire also broke on the weekend of the Bayou Classic in 2016, injuring nine and killing one.
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