10-Year-Old Among Those Injured in Gang-Related New Orleans Shooting

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New Orleans police are seeking a motive and suspect or suspects in the shooting. Reuters

New Orleans authorities are searching for suspects in a shooting that left 17 people injured at the Bunny Friend Playground on Sunday night.

Thus far, authorities have met with 14 of the victims, which include children and teenagers, New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison said during a press conference on Monday. A public information officer with the police department declined to identify the victims, as the investigation is ongoing and some are minors. The victims include:

  • 14-year-old woman shot in the leg
  • 16-year-old woman with a graze wound to the back
  • 17-year-old woman with a graze wound to the leg
  • 19-year-old woman shot in the left heel
  • 21-year-old woman shot three times in the lower back
  • 21-year-old woman shot in the back
  • 21-year-old woman shot in the thigh
  • 22-year-old woman shot in the thigh
  • 22-year-old woman with a graze wound to the thigh
  • 29-year-old woman shot in the foot
  • 10-year-old boy shot in the thigh
  • 20-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the leg and graze wound to the foot
  • 21-year-old man with a graze wound to the left hand
  • 22-yearold man with a graze wound to the thigh
  • 22-year-old man shot in the groin
  • 29-year-old man shot in the arm
  • 37-year-old man with a graze wound to the back of his head.

The shooting happened while a video was being filmed at the playground. Between 300 and 500 people are believed to have been at the playground when the shots were fired. "We know there are two groups out there shooting at each other with hundreds of people in the way," Harrison explained. "By all accounts, this appears to be gang related."

Dozens of bullet casings were recovered from the scene. Authorities believe automatic weapons were used. The suspected gangs involved were not identified.

"This is absolutely senseless, we are not going to stand for it now and we'll never stand for it," the superintendent added.

Witnesses are asked to contact Crimestoppers and the local police department with anonymous tips about the suspects. Authorities are working to collect surveillance video of the shooting.